Mireia Belmonte collected wins in the women’s 1500 freestyle and the women’s 400 IM on the first day of the 3rd Mediterranean Open in Marseilles, France. The Spaniard won the 1500 freestyle posting a time of 16:22.79 just nipping American Gillian Ryan, who posted a 16:23.57 in January, to take the top spot in the world rankings.
Camilla Hattersley of Great Britain finished second in a time of 16:38.50 followed by Julie Berthier of France who finished third recording a time of 16:41.93.
Belmonte grabbed the gold in the women’s 400 IM posting a time of 4:42.63. Beatriz Gomez Cortes finished just behind her Spanish teammate touching in a time of 4:43.33. Fantine Lesaffre of France finished third in a time of 4:46.58.
Charlotte Bonnet of France and Jazz Carlin of Great Britain had a tremendous battle for the gold in the 200 freestyle that saw both women put up times that put them in the world’s top ten. Bonnet had a lead of over a second at the half way mark with which did not deter Carlin who almost made up the deficit:
- Bonnet – 27.92/57.41 (29.49)/1:27.62 (30.21)/1:57.61 (29.99)
- Carlin – 28.36/58.48 (30.12)/1:28.25 (29.77)/1:57.65 (29.40)
Spaniard Melanie Costa Schmid finished third in a time of 2:00.88.
British swimmers swept the top three placing in the women’s 50 backstroke with all three swimmers posting times that put them in the top ten in the world. Georgia Davies won the event in a time of 28.09, which puts her fourth in the world, Fran Halsall finished second in a time of 28.25, which puts her fifth, while Lauren Quigley finished third in a time of 28.44, which ranks her ninth in the world.
Judit Ignacio Sorribles of Spain took the women’s 200 butterfly in a time of 2:09.92, which places her sixth in the world rankings. Tilly Gray of Great Britain finished second in a time of 2:12.32 followed by Belmonte who posted a time of 2:13.15.
Daniel Fogg of Great Britain won the men’s 800 freestyle in a time of 8:01.86 followed by British teammate Jack Burnell who finished second posting a time of 8:03.61. Marc Sanchez finished third in a time of 8:05.52.
Liam Tancock of Great Britain took the men’s 50 backstroke in a time of 25.48. Ben Stasiulis of France finished second in a time of 26.05 followed by Magnus Jakupsson of Denmark that finished third recording a time of 26.77.
British teammates Robbie Renwick and James Guy had an extraordinary battle for the gold in the men’s 200 freestyle with Renwick eventually taking the event in a time of 1:48.41. Guy, who led at the 100 meter mark, finished second in a time of 1:48.55.
Clement Mignon of France finished third posting a time of 1:49.67.
Spaniard Alejandro Garcia Martin and Raphael Stacchiotti of Luxembourg also had a great duel in the men’s 400 IM. Martin won the event in a time of 4:23.34 followed by Stacchiotti who recorded a time of 4:23.73. Marc Sanchez of Spain picked up his second bronze of the evening finishing in a time of 4:27.20.
Carlos Gallego of Spain took the men’s 200 butterfly in a time of 2:00.42 followed by Jay Lelliott of Great Britain finished second in a time of 2:00.80. Thomas Vilaceca of France finished third in a time of 2:01.53.
Jessica Vall Montero of Spain won the women’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:28.10 followed by Carmella Kitching of France who posted a time of 2:34.84. Beatriz Gomes Cortes finished third in a time of 2:36.78.
Giacomo Perez Dortona of France took the men’s event iin a time of 2:18.20. Theo Bussiere of France finished second in a time of 2:18.88 followed by Vittorio Coloretti of Italy who finished third recording a time of 2:19.62.
Full results can be found here