Championnat Régional d’été
- Mulhouse, France
- 50m course
- Live results
French superstar Yannick Agnel scratched out of the 200 free and swam preliminary races of 3 off-events in prelims at a regional meet on Saturday in Mulhouse, France.
Swimming at the Championnat Régional d’été (Regional Summer Championships), Agnel’s three results were:
- 50 free – 24.32
- 100 breast – 1:08.71
- 100 fly – 57.46
Agnel was far above the level of competition for the meet. That’s the first 100 breaststroke in long course we could find a record of in his career, and his best time in the 50 free is a 22.87 (from 2015) and in the 100 fly is a 55.79 (from 2014).
His coach said that he swam 6000 meters the morning before the meet, and that this meet was more of a break in routine for him than a full-force competition.
The 24-year old was originally qualified only to swim on the French 800 free relay at the 2016 Olympics after a disastrous Olympic Trials meet. That included placing 3rd on a controversial finish in the 200 free, an event in which he’s the defending Olympic gold medalist and the 2013 World Champion. Agnel originally said he would decline an opportunity to swim the event in Rio even if the roster was maneuvered to open up a spot for him, but later changed his mind after Jordan Pothain (the 2nd qualifier) scratched to focus on his 400 free.
Agnel didn’t swim the race individually at the European Championships and split a 1:46.25 (on a rolling start) as part of a 5th-place French 800 free relay in his only swim of the meet.