2021 Mare Nostrum Canet – Day 1 Prelims Recap


  • June 1-2, 2021
  • Centre de Natation Arlette Franco, Canet-en-Roussillon, France
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Results

The second stop of the 2021 Mare Nostrum began this morning in Canet, France. The biggest news out of this meet is the return of Swedish swimmers Sarah Sjostrom and Therese Alshammar to the pool. Sjostrom is recovering from an elbow injury from February while Alshammar announced her return to competitive swimming at the age of 43.

Both competed this morning in the heats of the 50 freestyle. Sjostrom qualified second with a time of 24.68 behind the top qualifier Pernille Blume of Denmark. Sjostrom had swum a 24.07 in February prior to her injury. Alshammar who’s best time of 23.88 came in 2009, swam a 25.83 to qualify in sixth place.

A number of Olympians are swimming in Canet including Katinka Hosszu, Chad le Clos, Yulia Efimova, and Florent Manaudou.

Hosszu is the top qualifier in the 200 backstroke (2:14.11) and second in the 200 freestyle (2:02.12) behind fellow Hungarian Evelin Verraszto (2:01.56).

South African Le Clos was third this morning in the 100 butterfly in 53.72 behind Mehdy Metella of France (52.88) and Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter (53.03). Le Clos swam the 200 free immediately following the 100 butterfly and qualified sixth in 1:50.71. Enzo Tesic is the top qualifier in the 200 freestyle at 1:48.84.

Jessica Vall Montero of Spain led the way in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.14 followed by Efimova in second at 1:08.33. Byanca Rodriguez Villanueva of Mexico sits in third at 1:08.57.

Manadou of France is the top qualifier in the 50 freestyle at 22.02. He is just .08 seconds ahead of Swede Bjoern Seeliger at 22.10.

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Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

You can watch Mare Nostrum meets live here.
But first you have to create an account. It’s free. Alert: it’s in French. Not very complicated.
Here: https://live.lequipe.fr/lachainelequipe/?returnurl=/lachainelequipe/&prov=W-VIDEO_LA_CHAINE#account=signup
Then you go to live here: https://live.lequipe.fr/
You choose Mare Nostrum Canet.
Day 1 finals will start at 6 PM in France/12 PM EST in USA
You can also watch replays on that site.

Joris Bohnson
2 years ago

You know what , I’m about to say it: I don’t care that she broke her elbow (It’s a joke calm down). Sarah is amazing!!

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2 years ago
Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

That’s incredible. NBC should be marketing the crap out of her and the comeback story since it’s legit going to happen.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

She’s not American so it won’t happen.

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Glad to see / hear that Therese Alshammar & Mehdy Metella are back at it too.

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2 years ago


2 years ago

In a Swedish interview Sarah said she was very happy with the time, and that she felt no pain. She had been a bit nervous about finishing with the injured arm, but this time she finished with the other arm.

2 years ago

Dylan Carter represents Trinidad & Tobago not America?

2 years ago

Now I feel shameful to have doubted Sjöström. She’ll be right there in Tokyo.

2 years ago

Dylan Carter is representing Trinidad and Tobago in international swimming even though he did some club swimming in Florida during his high school years before going to USC for college.