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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6 months ago

That’s not too shabby way to go Sarah!

Honest Observer
6 months ago

I’d break my elbow on purpose if I could go a 24.68 afterward.

Reply to  Honest Observer
6 months ago

Gotta do the full “before accident” routine also LOL

Sarah is a beast!!

Reply to  Olympian
6 months ago


Reply to  Honest Observer
6 months ago

Snowstorm told that there was practically no interruption with leg exercises. She even intensified them. Her 100m race will be more indicative of her current form.

6 months ago

yeah she definitely has enough time to be a medal threat

Reply to  Khachaturian
6 months ago

Sarah’s 50 free is already back to where it was at the Rio Olympics. She seems to struggle more with the 100 fly at the moment. Her fractured arm lost a lot of muscle mass post surgery, which has affected her technique.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Stefan
6 months ago

Her time at the Rio was not at all indicative of her shape that year. It was the end of a long week for her. Next year she went 23.6 lol

Reply to  Mr Piano
6 months ago

I never said that it was, or intended for anyone to draw that conclusion. I know she was tired after a busy schedule at the Olympis, but her times in the 50 free then were the same as now, nevertheless. That’s pretty good considering her elbow injury earlier this year.

6 months 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.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Dylan Carter represents Trinidad & Tobago not America?

6 months 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.

Coach Mike 1952
6 months ago

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

Corn Pop
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
6 months ago