Frédérick Bousquet

Frédérick Bousquet (French pronunciation: [fʁʁik bu.skɛ], born 8 April 1981 in Perpignan) is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer from France. He was the holder of the world record in the 50 m freestyle in a time of 20.94 in long course, set on 26 April 2009 at the final of the French Championships. Since the record was swum in a banned, performance-enhancing suit it remained in limbo whether the record stood until FINA approved it in July following a modification of his suit.[1] He is the first swimmer to go under the 21-second mark in this distance. He previously held the record in the 50 m short course in a time of 21.10, set in 2004 at the Men's NCAA Division One Swimming and Diving Championships, for over two years. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome Bousquet competed in the 50 and 100 free, capturing a silver in the 50 and bronze in the 100. Bousquet did not qualify for the 2012 Olympics but his ex-partner Laure Manaudou and his brother-in-law Florent Manaudou did.

Frédérick Bousquet
Bousquet during the 2009 US Nationals.
Personal information
Nationality France
Born (1981-04-08) 8 April 1981
Perpignan, France
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb; 13.5 st)
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubCN Marseille
College teamAuburn Tigers (2001–2005)


Bousquet swam at Auburn University in the U.S. from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, his senior year and final year of competition, he won the 50-yard freestyle in NCAA and U.S. Open record time of 18.74, shattering the previous record of 19.05 set by Tom Jager in 1990. Bousquet is the first man ever to swim the 50-yard freestyle in under 19 seconds, and under 21 in the LC 50-meter freestyle. That time of 18.74 seconds was his personal best in the 50-yard freestyle until 13 February 2010 when he swam the then fourth-fastest time in history, turning in a time of 18.67 seconds at the Auburn Masters Invitational.

In April 2010, fellow world-class swimmer Laure Manaudou gave birth to her and Bousquet's daughter Manon.[2] The couple has separated since then. Bousquet was given a two-month suspension in October 2010 after returning a positive test for heptaminol from the use of an over-the-counter ointment.[3]

See also


  1. FINA OKs Frederick Bousquet's world record time in 50 free. Retrieved on 2009-07-19.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "France swimmer Bousquet suspended in doping scandal". France 24. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
Preceded by
Mark Foster
Men's 50 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

25 March 2004 – 12 August 2006
Succeeded by
Roland Schoeman
Preceded by
Eamon Sullivan
Men's 50 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

26 April 2009 – 18 December 2009
Succeeded by
César Cielo
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