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Tearful Manaudou ponders future

Laure Manaudou
Manaudou has endured a torrid time inside Beijing's Water Cube

Athens gold medallist Laure Manaudou says she has lost the "will to swim" following a series of disappointing performances in the Beijing pool.

The French 21-year-old finished seventh in the 100m backstroke on Tuesday, compounding her last place finish in the final of Monday's 400m freestyle.

"I'm really disappointed," a tearful Manaudou told French television.

"I don't know if it's worth going on, I don't have the will to swim. It's only my family who believe in me now."

I gave up trying because finishing eighth is no different from finishing fifth. I realised I just could not keep up

Laure Manaudou on her 400m freestyle final
Manaudou's failure to make her presence felt at the Water Cube leaves France, a country where swimming is a high-profile sport, still searching for gold in the pool.

Their highly-regarded men's 4x100m freestyle relay team were beaten into second-place by the United States on Monday, following a stunning final 50m from US star Jason Lezak.

Manaudou admitted she gave up towards the end of Monday's 400m freestyle final.

"I gave up trying because finishing eighth is no different from finishing fifth. I realised I just could not keep up," she explained.

Her only chance of salvaging anything from the Beijing Olympics is the 200m backstroke.


see also
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11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
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07 Aug 07 |  Swimming
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