2021 Mare Nostrum Canet – Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Canet-en-Roussillon will host the second of three stops on the Mare Nostrum tour, after a field of the world’s top swimmers passed through Monte Carlo last week and will move to Barcelona later this week.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates of all the action from Canet-en-Roussillon.

Women’s 50 breast – Final

Top 3:

  1. Efimova (RUS) – 30.58
  2. Thormalm (SWE) – 31.76
  3. Garcia (ESP) – 32.34

Yesterday’s 100 breast winner Yulia Efimova doubled up today, taking home the 50 breast in a blowout. Efimova was 30.58, about a second off her best time, but good enough to win by 1.2 seconds.

Sweden’s Klara Thormalm and Spain’s Marina Garcia joined Efimova in the top three, besting a trio of French swimmers just outside the medal range.

Men’s 50 breast – Final

Top 3:

  1. Skagius (SWE) – 27.79
  2. Bayer (AUT) – 28.24
  3. Petrashov (KGZ) – 28.30

The men’s field tightened up around second place, with 2nd through 5th separated by just 0.26 seconds. Sweden’s Johannes Skagius got the win in 27.79, giving Sweden a sweep of both men’s breaststroke events so far. (Erik Persson won the 100 yesterday but didn’t swim today’s 50. Skagius was third in yesterday’s 100).

Valentin Bayer went 28.24 to win silver over that tightly-bunched field. Kyrgyzstan’s Denis Petrashov took third in 28.30, nipping Julien Valour (28.36) of France.

Women’s 50 fly – Final

Top 3:

  1. Henique (FRA) – 25.37
  2. Munoz (ESP) – 26.72
  3. Thormalm (SWE) – 27.13

Things were much more spread out in the women’s 50 fly. Melanie Henique won the event in a landslide, going 25.37. That’s just a tenth off her own world-leading time of 25.2 from last December.

Almost a second and a half back was Lidon Munoz, who went 26.72 for Spain. None of yesterday’s 100 fly medalists made the top three today. Sweden’s Alma Thormalm (older sister of 50 breast silver medalist Klara) took third in 27.13.

Men’s 50 fly – Final

Top 3:

  1. Govorov (UKR) – 23.19
  2. Cheruti (ISR) – 23.64
  3. le Clos (RSA) – 23.97

World record-holder Andrii Govorov took care of business to win the 50 fly, going 23.19. He was a half-second ahead of Israeli record-holder Meiron Cheruti. Neither man broke his own national record, but Govorov should move into the top 10 in this season’s world ranks.

Yesterday’s 100 fly winner Chad le Clos took third in 23.97, three-tenths ahead of the rest of the field.

Men’s 800 free – Timed finals

Top 3:

  1. Hanfaoui (TUN) – 7:55.26
  2. Fontaine (FRA) – 7:57.25
  3. Zirk (EST) – 7:57.88

It was a battle of day 1 winners in the 800 free, with 400 free champ Ahmed-Ayoub Hafnaoui outlasting 200 free champ Kregor Zirk. Hafnoui was 7:55.26 for the win, about six seconds behind his time from World Juniors back in 2019.

France’s Logan Fontaine was second, passing up Zirk over the second 400. Sweden’s Victor Johansson took fourth in 7:58.05.

Women’s 400 free – Final

Top 3:

  1. Seemanova (CZE) – 4:11.90
  2. Holub (POR) – 4:13.27
  3. Juste (ESP) – 4:14.80

Czech swimmer Barbora Seemanova rolled to the win in the women’s 400, going 4:11.90. The 2000-born Seemanova is the national record-holder, but was three seconds off her national mark today.

800 free winner Tamila Holub of Portugal took second in 4:13.27, besting Spain’s Paula Juste Sanchez and Jimena Perez Blanco.

Women’s 100 back – Final

Top 3:

  1. Mahieu (FRA) – 1:01.88
  2. Azevedo (POR) – 1:01.89
  3. Rosvall (SWE) – 1:02.75

France’s Pauline Mahieu battled her way to two top-3 finishes in backstroke yesterday, but broke through today for her first win of the Canet meet. Gold came by the narrowest of margins, though. Mahieu turned just third at the 50-mark, three-tenths behind Portugal’s Rafaela Azevedo. But Mahieu stormed her way back, splitting 30.3/31.4 en route to a 1:01.88 win by just .01 over Azevedo.

Azevedo finished second, seven tenths off her own national record. Meanwhile Sweden’s Hanna Rosvall, the 100 fly silver medalist, roared back to pass Mary-Ambre Moluh for bronze in 1:02.75.

Men’s 100 back – Final

Top 3:

  1. Ndoye (FRA) – 53.57
  2. Tomac (FRA) – 53.92
  3. Huille (FRA) – 55.86

It was a 1-2-3 for the host nation, with Yohann Ndoye Brouard torching a 53.57 for the win. That’s just six tenths off a lifetime-best for the 2000-born Ndoye, who was 52.9 at the European Championships last month.

2001-born Mewen Tomac went 53.92 for second in a great showing for France’s young talent. A ways back from those top two, Stanislas Huille (born 1999) went 55.86 to touch out Mexico’s Diego Camacho (55.91) for third.

Women’s 200 breast – Final

Top 3:

  1. Efimova (RUS) – 2:24.85
  2. Vall Montero (ESP) – 2:26.14
  3. Horska (CZE) – 2:26.85

It’s a clean sweep for Yulia Efimovawho has now won all three breaststroke races in Canet and is 6-for-6 in breaststroke events so far on the Mare Nostrum tour. She was 2:24.8 here, almost a second faster than she was in Monte Carlo last week.

Jessica Vall Montero went 2:26.14 for second, reprising yesterday’s top two from the 100 breast. Kristryna Horska of the Czech Republic was third in 2:26.85, four tenths ahead of Spain’s Marina Garcia.

Men’s 200 breast – Final

Top 3:

  1. Persson (SWE) – 2:09.58
  2. Ojeda (MEX) – 2:14.48
  3. Petrashov (KGZ) – 2:15.18

100 breast champ Erik Persson sat out the 50 breast earlier this morning, and the decision paid off in a dominating 200 breast win. Persson was 2:09.58, nearly five seconds ahead of the field. The time is still about two seconds behind Persson’s Swedish record, set at last month’s European Championships.

Mexico’s Miguel de Lara Ojeda took second in 2:14.48, with Kyrgizstan’s Denis Petrashov medaling in his second event of tonight’s session at 2:15.18.

Women’s 200 fly – Final

Top 3:

  1. Monteiro (POR) – 2:09.92
  2. Mata Cocco (MEX) – 2:10.30
  3. Pujadas (ESP) – 2:14.49

With just five swimmers competing in the 200 fly, the field was very spread out. Portugal’s Ana Monteiro won the race in 2:09.92, within two seconds of her national record.

Yesterday’s 100 fly winner Maria Mata Cocco took second in 2:10.30, leading at the 100 but giving way to Monteiro late.

Spain’s Julia Pujadas bested Katinka Hosszu for third – Pujadas was 2:14.49. The two were pretty close at the 100-mark, but Hosszu fell off badly to splits of 35.8 and 35.6 over the final 100 to go 2:16.73.

Men’s 200 fly – Final

Top 3:

  1. le Clos (RSA) – 1:56.00
  2. Sancov (MDA) – 1:58.63
  3. Pons Ramon (ESP) – 2:00.01

100 fly champ Chad le Clos won this event with ease, going 1:56.00. That’s only about two tenths off a season-best for le Clos, who was 1:55.8 at South African Nationals in April.

Moldova’s Alexei Sancov took second in 1:58.63, the only other swimmer under two minutes. Spain’s Joan Pons Ramon was almost under that barrier at 2:00.01, and exactly one second back was France’s Clement Secchi (2:01.01).

Women’s 100 free – Final

Top 3:

  1. Blume (DEN) – 53.80
  2. Munoz (ESP) – 54.52
  3. Sjostrom (SWE) – 54.84

Pernille Blume added this 100 free gold to her 50 free win yesterday, gearing up with another 53-high this season. Blume was 53.7 earlier in the year.

Spain’s Lidon Munoz was second, and Swedish star Sarah Sjostrom took bronze for the second day in a row, hitting 54.84 in her return from elbow surgery earlier this year.

Barbora Seemanova was just six tenths behind Sjostrom, coming off that 400 free win earlier today.

Men’s 100 free – Final

Top 3:

  1. Grousset (FRA) – 48.57
  2. Quintero (VEN) – 49.41
  3. de Celis (ESP) – 49.52

France’s Maxime Grousset won the 100 free in a strong 48.57. That’s six tenths off his best time, set at Euros last month.

Venezuela’s rangy freestyle talent Cristian Quintero took second in 49.41, just beating a tight crowd of Sergio de Celis (49.52), Clement Mignon (49.64), Cesar Castro (49.70) and Dylan Carter (49.76).

Men’s 200 IM – Final

Top 3:

  1. Gonzalez (ESP) – 1:57.54
  2. Manacas (POR) – 2:01.88
  3. Lopes (POT) – 2:02.67

Hugo Gonzalez of Spain blew out the 400 IM field by more than four seconds. His 1:57.5 is only about eight tenths off a season- and lifetime-best from Euros a month ago. Gonzalez had built a 1.8-second lead after fly and back and only extended his margin from there.

Portugal’s Alexis Manacas Santos was second, beating yesterday’s 400 IM champ Jose-Paulo Lopes by eight tenths.

Women’s 400 IM – Final

Top 3:

  1. Hosszu (HUN) – 4:41.98
  2. Zamorano (ESP) – 4:45.06
  3. Carrasco (ESP) – 4:46.23

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu bounced back from a rough day with a big 400 IM win. Hosszu was just 6th in the 400 free and 4th in the 200 fly so far in this session, but went 4:41.98 to win the 400 IM here by more than three seconds. The time is well off Hosszu’s world record 4:26.36, but took care of business for a meet-ending win here.

Spain’s Africa Zamorano Sanz took second, repeating her runner-up finish behind Hosszu in yesterday’s 200 back. Her Spanish countrywoman Emma Carrasco Cadens was third in 4:46.23, just besting 2004-born British swimmer Camille Tissanie (4:46.65).

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Bobo Gigi
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2 years ago

Gonzalez looking like a real medal threat

2 years ago

It’s interesting how careful Sarah Sjostrom was with her injured arm. Were there any signals after her fast 50m prelim race that she shouldn’t push herself hard yet. There are still 2 months ahead to improve her form gradually.
Anyway it’s nice to see her racing again. It’s hard to say how fast she will be in sprint events in two months And what the level of competition in Tokyo will be. So she should be considered a contender as of now. However I don’t think that 200FR will be in her program.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

It’s sad what has happened to the 200 free since 2019, with Ikee out, Sjostrom injured and Ruck a question mark. That was the most anticipated women’s race in 2019 along with the 400. Now the depth is not close to what it should be, especially with Pellegrini’s age and uncertain Olympic form. Ledecky should be facing 5 or 6 legit threats not 1 or 2

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 years ago

They are exactly my thoughts about that. 200FR lost strong sprinters who could handle double sprint distance. Yang and Haughey are fast and do the 200 distance in sprinting manner but they are not Sjostrom or Ruck. McKeon is the last one left but expecting her to be under 1:54.5 is too much to ask, I think.
If it happens that Titmus isn’t close to her 2019 form then as you said the most intriguing race can become predictably boring unless a great historical result is shown.
We won’t know anything about Titmus until the actual race. Same as Ledecky she doesn’t face any competition at home and most likely won’t be tapered for Trials.

2 years ago

Gonzales is looking rlly good

2 years ago

Johannsen is shooting for the Fina A cut later in the month, right?

Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

In the men’s race Maxime Grousset shows her consistency and wins in 48.57.
Metella 7th in 50.07.

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2 years ago


Reply to  Khachaturian
2 years ago

calm down, they probably made a mistake.

Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

Pernille Blume wins the 100 free 53.80.
Sarah Sjöström 3rd in 54.84.

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