2016 FFN Golden Tour Camille Muffat – Amiens: Preview

FFN Golden Tour Camille Muffat – Amiens

The second stage of the 2016 FFN Golden Tour Camille Muffat will get underway on Friday, February 5 at the Piscine du Coliseum in Amiens. This year’s Golden Tour has been shortened from a four- to a three-stop circuit, as the French national championships and Olympic trials will take place at the end of March. The 2016 stages are:

  • Nice – Friday, January 22 through Sunday, January 24, 2016
  • Amiens – Friday, February 5 through Sunday, February 7, 2016
  • Marseille – Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2016

Because the circuit prize money is only available to those swimmers who participate in all three stages, many of the same faces from the Nice contest will be back in Amiens. Those include French stars Coralie Balmy, Charlotte Bonnet, Mélanie Henique, Damien Joly, Camille Lacourt, Grégory Mallet, Florent Manaudou, Mehdy Metella, William Maynard, Giacomo Perez Dortona, Anna Santamans, Benjamin Stasiulis, Jérémy Stravius, and Marie Wattel. Also entered in the Amiens stage are Marco Koch (GER), Félipe Lima (BRA), Katinka Hosszu and David and Evelyn Verraszto (HUN), Simon Wanna (LEB), Sarah Sjostrom, Simon Sjodin and Erik Persson (all SWE), as well as a large continent from Turkey.

It is rather a grueling weekend of racing, with three days of prelims and finals, and all 17 FINA long course meters events. The 400/800/1500 free and 400 IM are swum at timed finals, with the fastest heat swimming in the evening session.

Races to Watch

Once again, Katinka Hosszu is entered in all 17 events. Hosszu pulled out of four events in Nice, but swam the other 13. This weekend she will face off against Sarah Sjostrom in the 50 back, 50 and 100 fly, and 100 and 400 free. The 100 free, in particular, should be a terrific race, as the top four entrants are seeded with sub-55s (Sjostrom 52.70, Charlotte Bonnet 53.94, Hosszu 54.80, and Anna Santamans 54.94), and the next five with sub-56s.

The 100 back is another event worth keeping an eye on: France’s Pauline Mahieu broke the national age group record for 17-year-olds when she won the event with 1:01.51 in Nice, but she is not entered in the meet at Amiens. Hosszu, who went 59.15 in Dubai in November but 1:04.38 for fifth place in Nice, is seeded seventh with 1:02.71 behind Anastasiia Fesikova (RUS, 59.55), France’s Mathilde Cini (1:00.26) and Camille Gheorghiu (1:01.44), Daryna Zevina (UKR, 1:01.50), Natasha Sinha (GBR, 1:02.25), and Anaïs Podevin (FRA, 1:02.41).

GBR’s Aimée Willmott will be a force to reckon with in the 200 fly and both IMs. Hosszu and she have the top 400 IM times in the world so far this season, with 4:33.88 and 4:34.82, respectively.

In the men’s meet, Florent Manaudou is entered in the 100 free, an event he has declared he will try to swim in Rio. The Marseille sprinter only entered the 50 free and 50 fly in Nice, but this weekend will see him compete in the 50/100 free as well as the 50 back. Manaudou, who won the 50 free in Nice with 21.72, the world’s third-fastest time this season, will be joined by teammates Frédérick Bousquet (runner-up in Nice with 22.36) and Mehdy Metella as well as Jérémy Stravius (22.60 for third in Nice).

In December, Manaudou stunned the world with a 47.98 100 free at a Christmas meet in nearby Nîmes. It was this swim that gave him the confidence to formalize his intention to make the French Olympic team in that distance. France has traditionally fielded a strong and deep 100 free group, and Manaudou’s tune-up 100 free this weekend will also feature Metella (seeded with 48.29), Stravius (currently fourth in the world with this season with 48.34), Robbie Renwick and Duncan Scott of Great Britain, William Meynard, Eddie Moueddene, and more.

The breaststroke events should provide excitement from Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson (GBR), Félipe Lima (BRA), Marco Koch (GER), and homegrown talents Giacomo Perez Dortona and Quentin Coton, amongst others. Koch is currently at the top of the world leaderboard for the 200 breast this season with 2:07.69, while Lima is fourth in the 50 (27.26).

In backstroke, Camille Lacourt and Benjamin Stasiulis will challenge Manaudou in the 50, and are top seeds in the 100 and 200, respectively. Lacourt edged Stasiulis by 1/10 in winning the 100 in Nice, 54.82 to 54.92. Stasiulis then beat Greece’s Christou Apostolos in the 200 by 4/10 with 2:00.55. This time he will do battle with GBR’s Charlie Boldison in the 200.

David Verraszto of Hungary is top seed in the 400 IM by a large margin, and second in the 200 IM to Swenen’s Simon Sjodin. Joining them in the IMs will be France’s Ganesh Pedurand, Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches, and Raphael Stacchiotti of Luxembourg.

Prize Money

The top three finishers in each race will be awarded medals, and the top five male and female performances of each stage of the Golden Tour Camille Muffat will earn prize money as follows:

Women Per Stage   Men Per Stage
#1 €5000 #1 €5000
#2 €3000 #2 €3000
#3 €2000 #3 €2000
#4 €1500 #4 €1500
#5 €1000 #5 €1000

In addition, athletes who participate in all three stages are eligible for bonuses for their finals standings on the leaderboard:

Women Series Bonus   Men Series Bonus
#1 €7000 #1 €7000
#2 €3500 #2 €3500
#3 €2000 #3 €2000
#4 €1500 #4 €1500
#5 €1000 #5 €1000

Top Performances from 2016 Golden Tour Camille Muffat after Nice Stage

Place Name Nat Team Time Event FINA
1 HOSSZU Katinka HUN HONGRIE 2:08.20 200m IM 1455 pts
1 HENIQUE Mélanie FRA AMIENS METROPOLE NAT. 26.18 50m fly 1410 pts
1 HOSSZU Katinka HUN HONGRIE 28.52 50m back 1405 pts
2 DRAKOU Theodora GRE FEDERATION HELLENIQUE 28.68 50m back 1395 pts
2 SAVARD Katerine CAN CLUB AQUATIQUE DE MONTREAL 26.46 50m fly 1392 pts
1 HOSSZU Katinka HUN HONGRIE 2:09.65 200m back 1391 pts
1 SAVARD Katerine CAN CLUB AQUATIQUE DE MONTREAL 58.48 100m fly 1391 pts
1 HOSSZU Katinka HUN HONGRIE 1:56.31 200m free 1390 pts
1 HOSSZU Katinka HUN HONGRIE 4:39.86 400m IM 1388 pts
1 GRANGEON Lara FRA CN CALÉDONIENS 2:09.26 200m fly 1386 pts
Place Name Nat Team Time Event FINA
1 LACOURT Camille FRA CN MARSEILLE 25.29 50m back 1395 pts
1 MANAUDOU Florent FRA CN MARSEILLE 23.44 50m fly 1381 pts
1 KOCH Marco GER DSW 1912 DARMSTADT 2:09.37 200m breast 1374 pts
1 MANAUDOU Florent FRA CN MARSEILLE 21.72 50m free 1373 pts
1 HEINTZ Philip GER SV NIKAR HEIDELBERG 1:59.87 200m IM 1369 pts
2 STASIULIS Benjamin FRA CN MARSEILLE 25.74 50m back 1365 pts
1 COELHO Jordan FRA STADE DE VANVES 1:57.41 200m fly 1360 pts
1 LACOURT Camille FRA CN MARSEILLE 54.82 100m back 1350 pts
2 BOUSQUET Frédérick FRA CN MARSEILLE 23.94 50m fly 1348 pts
2 STASIULIS Benjamin FRA CN MARSEILLE 54.92 100m back 1347 pts

Order of Events

Friday Finals

  • Women’s 800 Meter Freestyle – Fastest Heat
  • Men’s 1500 Meter Freestyle – Fastest Heat
  • Women’s 400 Meter IM – Fastest Heat
  • Men’s 400 Meter IM – Fastest Heat
  • Women’s 50 Meter Backstroke Final
  • Men’s 50 Meter Backstroke Final
  • Women’s 50 Meter Breaststroke Final
  • Men’s 50 Meter Breaststroke Final
  • Women’s 50 Meter Butterfly Final
  • Men’s 50 Meter Butterfly Final
  • Women’s 1500 Meter Freestyle – Fastest Heat
  • Men’s 800 Meter Freestyle – Fastest Heat

Saturday Finals

  • Women’s 100 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke Final
  • Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke Final
  • Women’s 200 Meter IM Final
  • Men’s 200 Meter Butterfly Final
  • Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 200 Meter Breaststroke Final
  • Women’s 200 Meter Backstroke Final
  • Men’s 50 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly Final

Sunday Finals

  • Men’s 100 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 100 Meter Breaststroke Final
  • Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke Final
  • Men’s 200 Meter IM Final
  • Women’s 200 Meter Butterfly Final
  • Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 200 Meter Breaststroke Final
  • Men’s 200 Meter Backstroke Final
  • Women’s 50 Meter Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly Final

 

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