Both Yannick Agnel and Frederick Bousquet started their 2015 season by competing in the sprint events on the first day of the Meeting Olympique Courbevoie which runs from the 16th-18th.
Agnel raced the 50 butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle on the first day of competition. He won the 50 freestyle posting a 23.67 and the 50 backstroke recording a 27.33. He finished third in the 50 butterfly swimming a 25.27 and finished seventh in the 50 breaststroke touching in a time of 30.24.
Bousquet returned to competition after being out of the water for the entire 2014 season recovering from shoulder surgery. Bousquet took the 50 butterfly posting a time of 24.87 and finished second to Agnel in the 50 freestyle recording a 23.75.
Before the competition began Bousquet expressed both the joy anxiety that came with returning to competition,”I am both happy, anxious and stressed. It makes me a little scared, I do not know at all what to expect,” Bousquet told AFP.
This was the first time that Agnel has raced since returning to France to train with Lionel Horter. Horter explained his reasoning for having the Agnel compete in Courbevoie, “It’s very early, but we chose the first competition that was possible to do this year before going to train in Thailand on January 24,” Horter told AFP.
“The aim is to go further than he is capable of doing in training.”