‘Sid the Kid’ takes on the Olympic Champ

The final match on June 15th in the UEFA Euro2016 Football Champs sees France host Albania. For those just joining us, here at SwimWords we are mirroring this famous tournament on a daily basis, by selecting one swimmer to represent their respective countries and battling them head-to-head. It’s a fun and relevant way to talk swimming as the group stages of the Football continues. Let us know if you agree with the selections below…

Group A: FRANCE Vs. ALBANIA, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Wednesday 15th June

Standing behind the block for FRANCE:


  • Athlete: Florent Manaudou
  • Born: 1990
  • Height: 1.99cm
  • Best Senior Result: Gold 50 Freestyle, Olympic Games, London, 2012

Standing behind the block for ALBANIA:


    • Athlete: Sidni Hoxha
    • Born: 1992
    • Height: 1.94cm
    • Best Senior Result: 2 x Olympian, 2008 & 2012


Representing the host nation, is the tall and imposing figure of the fastest man in the World. If you were going to pick anyone to suit up for a head-to-head dual in the pool; then Florent Manaudou would be your man. The reigning Olympic Champion and the World Short Course record holder for the 50 freestyle, Manaudou is currently ranked the fastest swimmer on the planet with a time of 21.42 he clocked in April this year and is surely favourite to take the title once again in Rio De Janiero in the summer.

Standing next to the Olympic Champ, representing the small country of Albania (population size is only 5% of France’s), goes by the name of ‘Sid the Kid’. Sidni Hoxha, is a 24-year-old Albanian swimming sensation, who’s expertise also comes in the sprint freestyle events. The two time Olympian (the first at the young age of 16), is based in the United States where he holds records for Old Dominion University and has qualified for NCAA championships multiple times. His most impressive swim coming however when he represented Albania and swam a time of 50.45 in the 100 metres freestyle at the World Championships in Kazan, placing him 46th.

Hoxha, who interestingly shares the name of the third choice goalkeeper on the Albanian Football National team in France, is against the odds on this one. Although Albania have beaten France in a recent friendly on the grass, the pool is likely to be a different story. The French have a superstar in their artillery who offers too much strength and speed for the young Albanian. For this reason, we think it is a comfortable win for the French.

SwimWords Euro16 Score:         

FRANCE     3          :           0     ALBANIA

 Do you agree with this prediction or will it be a David and Goliath fairy tale result?

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