2023 Lausanne Swim Cup Day 3 Prelims: Peaty Drops 200 Breaststroke


We’ve entered the last day of competition of the 2023 Lausanne Swim Cup and the top swimmers thus far are determined to go out with a bang.

Swedish Olympian Louise Hansson staked her claim on both the women’s 100m fly and 50m back events, securing the top seed in each.

The 26-year-old Loughborough ace scored a swift morning swim of 58.99 to land lane 4 in the 100m fly, earning the top seed as the only racer of the field to get under the minute mark.

French swimmer Marie Wattel will flank her for the final, having clocked a heats result of 1:00.37 while Egypt’s Farida Osman will also be in the mix after her AM time of 1:00.97.

As for Hansson, she owns a lifetime best of 56.22, a time she produced at the 2020 Olympic Games. She wound up 5th there in Tokyo, while last year she became the Europen champion in the event.

In this morning’s 50m back, Hansson clocked a time of 28.91 to hold a healthy advantage over the next-closest swimmer Melanie Henique of France. Henique claimed the 2nd seed in a mark of 29.40.

The men’s 100m fly saw 19-year-old South African Matt Sates get it done for the top seed, producing a solid swim of 53.22. Sates’ lifetime best rests at the 51.83 he put up in Durban in 2021.

Swiss national record holder Noe Ponti is lurking as the 3rd seed with his time of 53.74. The 21-year-old earned bronze in this race at the Tokyo Olympic Games, punching the Swiss standard of 50.74 in the process.

Sates also raced the men’s 100m free this morning, although his result of 50.97 rendered him as a reservist. Leading the pack for tonight’s final is Italy’s Thomas Ceccon, with the 22-year-old registering the sole time of the prelims under 50 seconds in 49.41.

Ceccon recently hit a lifetime best of 1:46. 52 in the men’s 200m free while competing at the Luxembourg Euro Meet last month so we’ll see what the versatile athlete comes up with in this shorter event this evening. He’ll face the likes of 18-year-old British Olympian Jacob Whittle as well as French multi-Olympic medalist Florent Manaudou.

Fans looking to see Adam Peaty take on the 200m breaststroke in which he was entered were disappointed as the 28-year-old wound up dropping the event.

Taking the top seed was his countryman James Wilby, the silver medalist already here in both the 50m and 100m breast behind Peaty. Wilby earned the top seed in 2:14.14. American Will Licon will chase Wilby, carrying a morning swim of 2:16.04.

Last year Wilby earned silver at the Commonwealth Games in this event while he topped the podium at the European Championships. The 29-year-old owns a lifetime best of 2:07.49 from 2019.

Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa was the top women’s 200m breaststroker, with the Olympic champion and reigning World Record holder posting a heats swim of 2:26.72. Abbie Wood of Great Britain (2:26.72), Lisa Mamie of Switzerland (2:33.44) and Martina Carraro of Italy (2:34.16) will be among tonight’s final.

Finally in the women’s 100m free, British sprinter Anna Hopkin produced a mark of 54.48 to easily take the top seed of the morning.

Wattel will double up on her 100m fly event tonight after clocking 55.81 in this 1free, while Isabella Hindley of Great Britain secured the 3rd seed in 56.48. Wood was also in the race, capturing the 6th slot in 57.29.

Hopkin is the fastest British woman in history in this 100m free event, owning a career-quickest time of 52.75 from the prelims at the 2020 Olympic Games. The 26-year-old ultimately touched in 52.83 to place 7th in the Tokyo final.

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3 months ago

Can’t help but speculate at Peaty is still not back 100% after injuries and personal issues.

3 months ago

Yeah agreed. Something doesn’t seem to be clicking for him really since Tokyo. His levels of motivation and belief do not appear as strong as they have in the past.

3 months ago

Very high chance James Wilby wins the British Championships in this event comparative to previous years where Peaty as been a lock in.

3 months ago

He has the fear!

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
3 months ago

What’s the prize money for wins at a meet like this?

Goated Mcintosh
Reply to  Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
3 months ago

1st place: 1750 CHF ≈ 1860 $
2nd place: 1250 CHF ≈ 1330 $
3rd place: 750 CHF ≈ 800 $

Last edited 3 months ago by Goated Mcintosh
Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
Reply to  Goated Mcintosh
3 months ago

Wow, good for Matt Sates. $8,700 is a nice chunk of change when converted to RAND.

3 months ago

Sates has a best time of 51.8 on the 100 fly LCM. Done at a Grand Prix in South Africa.

3 months ago

Everyone pretend to be surprised

Reply to  Bud
3 months ago

If he needs to improve his 100 back end, then why do you think would he be dropping the 200?

Reply to  Jack
3 months ago

Because the bigger headline would be “Peaty actually decides to swim the 200″ Breaststroke.”

As it stands, it’s debatable if Peaty dropping the 200 after entering it is even headline-worthy news. He hardly ever swims it.

Reply to  Jack
3 months ago

He always drops it. Hasn’t swum an official race since 2015.

Reply to  Bud
3 months ago

He swam it at Marsielle a year ago

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