2021 French Olympic Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2021 FRENCH ELITE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The second day of finals at the 2021 French Elite Swimming Championships have gotten underway. Swimmers will be contesting for different potential Olympic qualifying events in the form of the women’s 1500 freestyle, women’s 100 breaststroke, the women’s 100 backstroke, and the men’s 100 backstroke, and women’s 400 free.

After three swimmers managed to qualify for the Olympic team on day one, follow along live as we find out how many will make the cut today.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • French Record: 16:03.01 – Laure Manaudou (2006)
  • Olympic Qualifying Standards: 17:01.80 in prelims and 16:21.21 in A-final

Aurelie Muller opened up the session as she swam to victory in the women’s 1500 freestyle, hitting a 16:22.66 which is a new best PB. Heading into the event she held a 16:24.34 which she hit back in 2017.

The swim for Muller was just over the qualifying standard for Tokyo which sits at a 16:21.21 meaning that she most likely won’t qualify for the Games.

Follow Muller, Adeline Furst hit a 16:32.69 to match her 2nd place finish in the prelims and improve upon her 16:37.48 there. Lara Grangeon wasn’t able to manage the same feat as she fell to 3rd place overall after leading the prelims with a 16:37.03. In the final Grangeon hit a 16:34.24.

MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL

  • French Record: 27.36 – Giacomo Perez-Dortona (2009)

In the men’s 50 breaststroke final, Theo Bussière couldn’t quite get his hands on the wall in time to pick up his second win of the meet as Antoine Viquerat managed to get to the wall first.

Viquerat posted a 27.77 for the victory which was just under his PB in the event of 27.96 from July 2019. While he managed to collect gold, he finished a little bit over the 2009 French record in the event of 27.36.

Also trailing the record, Theo Bussiere hit a 27.89 to take the silver medal which is just over his best time in the event of 27.60.

Carl Aitkaci also managed to dip under 28 seconds with a 27.93 for bronze and Julien Valour followed with a 28.08 for fourth place.

WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • French Record: 59.50 – Laure Manaudou (2007)
  • Olympic Qualifying Standards: 1:02.06 in prelims and 1:00.25 in A-final

Beryl Gastaldello had a second shot here at qualifying for the 2021 Olympic squad but fell just short with a 1:00.39 which is 0.14 seconds slower than the 1:00.25 qualifying standard. Gastalldello has been under the standard twice before with her 1:00.07 in 2019 and a 1:00.17 back in 2017.

Swedish swimmer Louise Hansson was a bit faster than Gastaldello here and exactly matched the FINA A standard with a 1:00.25. Hansson, who was already qualified to race in Tokyo the 100 butterfly could potentially be named to the team for the 100 backstroke based on this performance.

Joining Gastaldello on the podium will be Analia Pigree for silver, having posted a 1:00.50 which was just 0.25 over the Tokyo qualifying standard. In third place here was Mary-Ambre Moluh with a 1:01.47.

That time for Moluh was a bit slower than her morning swim of 1:01.17 which was actually a new French national age group record.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL

  • French Record: 1:07.97 – Sophie de Ronchi (2011)
  • Olympic Qualifying Standards: 1:09.08 in prelims and 1:07.07 in A-final

Fanny Deberghes took the gold medal here with a 1:08.76 which is an improvement upon her prelim swim of 1:09.61 but remains well above the Olympic-qualifying standard of 1:07.07.

Justine Delmas matched her 2nd place finish in the prelims here with a 1:09.42 to clinch silver. That’s a slight improvement from prelims as well, getting down for the 1:09.98 that she hit in the morning.

Both Deberghes and Delmas were a bit slower than their PBs in the event which currently sits at a 1:08.29 from May 2018 1:08.83 and a from December 2020.

Chloe Braun rounded out the podium here with a 1:10.55 for bronze. Considering that no one got under the qualifying standard, it is unlikely that we will see a French woman race the 100 breaststroke in Tokyo.

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • French Record: 51.11 – Camille Lacourt (2010)
  • Olympic Qualifying Standards: 55.47 in prelims and 53.85 in A-final

It looks like Mewen Tomac and Yohann Ndoye Brouard are officially headed to Tokyo as they become the first 2 swimmers of the session to get under a French Olympic qualifying standard during day 2 of this meet.

Tomac and Brouard were actually both under the cut this morning as well but were both quicker in the final.

Tomac won the event with a 53.13 to improve upon his prelim swim of 53.68 and Brouard took silver with a 53.47 which was better than his 53.76 in the morning.

Both showed their potential to swim faster at the recent 2021 European Championships where Tomac posted a 52.86 and Brouard a 52.97.

The bronze medal here will go to Geoffroy Mathieu who swam a 54.44 for third place while Stanislas and Huille took the 4th place spot in a 54.57.

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • French Record: 4:01.13 – Camille Muffat (4:01.13)
  • Olympic Qualifying Standards: 4:15.34 in prelims and 4:07.90 in A-final

Russian swimmer Anna Egorova posted the fastest time of the session in the women’s 400 freestyle with a 4:09.49, shaving a couple of seconds off her morning swim of 4:12.25.

That swim for her trails her current PB and Russian record of 4:04.10 which she hit back in April of this year at Russian Championships. Egorova is slated already to race the event in Tokyo this summer and recently won a silver medal at the 2021 European Championships with a 4:06.05.

Taking the gold medal here, however, was Fantine Lesaffre who posted the top time amongst French women with a 4:15.35. That was faster than her 4:20.50 morning swim in the event but was not under the 4:07.90 Tokyo qualifying cut.

Lesaffre will likely not race the event in Tokyo but did qualify to swim the 200 IM for France at the Olympics.

Joining Lesaffre on the podium was Marie Kuntzmann with a 4:18.16 for the silver medal and Valentine Leclercq who swam a 4:18.80 for bronze.

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Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Texas Tap Water, once all the stars are not competing anymore then it leaves a giant hole.
Since 2014 it’s tough. But we see new talents emerge for Paris 2024.

Last edited 1 year ago by Bobo Gigi
Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

When did French swimming start to regress? They were really good in 2012.

VAKer29
1 year ago

Will David Aubry compete in the 1500m heats this week ?

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

It was boring today.
Goodbye.

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Fantine Lesaffre is national champion in 4.15.35.

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

15 years ago Laure Manaudou broke the mythical 400 free world record of Janet Evans at these French championships in 4.03.03.
Then Camille Muffat. Then Coralie balmy.
The French women’s 400 free has moved backwards so much.
It’s hard to watch.

AnEn
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

At least you had a girl born in 2005 going 4:18, maybe she can become good. Also what is up with Egorova competing at your championships? Does she train in France?
I wish we (Germany) could trade with you. We give you a distance freestyler (male or female) and you tell us your secret formula to develope world class sprinters …

Last edited 1 year ago by AnEn
Stewie
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Egorova has been swimming with Lucas for years…

ooo
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Interesting to see that Laure has the 1500 record as well as the 100 back. Does she own the 50 back as well ? I guess the situation must be almost similar in Hungary.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  ooo
1 year ago

Gastaldello owns the 50 back record in 27.86.

nuotofan
Reply to  ooo
1 year ago

Manaudou’s start in backstroke was really subpar.., no chances she could emerge in the 50 back, but (incredibly) her coach Lucas entered her also in the 50 back at Worlds 2007 (and in the 1500 free beyond 200, 400, 800 free, 100 back and 200 IM). That crazy schedule of races at Worlds 07 I think made her to lose at least one gold medal (800 free).

Aquajosh
Reply to  ooo
1 year ago

As good as she was at middle distance freestyle, Manaudou was actually the second person ever under 1:00 in the 100 back behind Natalie Coughlin. They both did it in this race. Imagine what she could have done if she’d learned to streamline properly.
https://youtu.be/zVKkFN5hRSg

Jfigols
Reply to  Aquajosh
1 year ago

14 years later and Emily Seahbom still around, amazing!

nuotofan
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Laure Manudou was incredible in that 2006. At Euro Champs in Budapest (early August) she improved her 400 free WR swimming a 4.02.13, and that 400 free was the sixth individual event (after 400 IM, 200 IM, 100 Back, 800 free and 200 free) she swam, beyond a couple of relay..

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Brouard has a 2m10 wingspan. He looks crazy tall in the water.
Mark my words. He wins the gold medal in Paris.

nuotofan
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Uhm, three years are a very long period in Swimming, but I would bet 1 cent to Kolesnikov for the 100 back gold (I know that the magician Hunter Armstrong is too strong, so off-category).

AnEn
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Sorry, but way too early for a prediction like that. He has the potential to do it, but the same is true for many other guys (there are 16 or 17 year old guys in South Africa and Australia going 53 mid). Ndoye Brouard, Marchand and Grousset look like your best bets for Paris, not sure if you have anyone on the women’s side? What happened to the girl who won gold in the 50 fly at the 2019 european junior championships?

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Finally some good times today.
53.13 for Tomac who qualifies for Tokyo
53.47 for Brouard who swam the 400 IM yesterday.
Mathieu third in 54.44. Much better 200 back swimmer. Promising for him.