Olympic Medal: W Swim 400 Free

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Rebecca Adlington of Britain won the Olympic gold medal Monday in the women's 400-meter freestyle in Beijing.

Explicit photos of Laure Manaudou released

PARIS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Explicit photographs of French swimmer Laure Manaudou circulated on the Internet provoking the ire of the Olympics-bound athlete.

Manaudou is done with her native France

TURIN, Italy, May 17 (UPI) -- French swimming star Laure Manaudou said Thursday she will not return to France, opting instead to stay in Italy with her boyfriend, Luca Marin.

Phelps sets another world swim record

MELBOURNE, March 28 (UPI) -- American Michael Phelps beat his own world record in the 200-meter butterfly by 1.71 seconds Wednesday at the world swimming championships in Australia.

Phelps wins seventh medal, fifth gold

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- American Michael Phelps won his fifth Olympic gold medal Friday night and teammate Gary Hall pulled off a surprise by capturing the 50-meter freestyle.

Olympic Medal: Women's 800 Freestyle

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the women's 800 freestyle:

Thorpe wins swimming showdown with Phelps

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Australian Ian Thorpe won his swimming duel with American Michael Phelps Monday night, leaving the record of Mark Spitz safe for another four years.

Olympic Medal: Women's 100 Backstroke

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the women's 100 backstroke:

Sunday's Olympic Highlights

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Sunday's highlights from the Olympics:

Record bid by Phelps ends quickly

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The bid by Michael Phelps to win eight Olympic gold medals ended Sunday night when the United States finished third in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Olympic Medal: Women's 400 Freestyle

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the women's 400 freestyle:
Laure Manaudou
France's Laure Manaudou races to the wall in the women's 400-meter freestyle final at the XI FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada on July 24, 2005. Manaudou finished with the gold medal in a time of 4:06.44 minutes. (UPI Photo / Grace Chiu)

Laure Manaudou in 2005

Laure Manaudou (born October 9, 1986 in Villeurbanne) is a French Olympic, world and European champion swimmer. She is the daughter of a French father and a Dutch mother.

Manaudou currently holds the world records for the 400 meter freestyle (short course), but she has lost her "long course" record, which is set in 50 meter pools. She won the gold medal in the women's 400 meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics. It was France's first gold medal ever in women's swimming and the first swimming gold medal won by a French athlete since Jean Boiteux's victory in the 400 meter men's freestyle event at Helsinki in 1952. Manaudou won the silver medal in the women's 800 meter freestyle at the Athens Olympics. In that race, she had a quick start but was passed down the stretch by Ai Shibata of Japan. She also won the bronze medal in the women's 100 meter backstroke, becoming only the second Frenchwoman to win three medals in a single Olympic Games, Summer or Winter. The first one was the track and field athlete Micheline Ostermeyer in London in 1948. Manaudou was by far the best swimmer on the French team, and did not have the team support to win a medal in the women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay.

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