Mehdy Metella

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Mehdy Metella is a French butterfly and freestyle specialist born in Cayenne in the French Guiana. He followed in his sister, Malia’s, footsteps earning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics to match hers from the 2004 Athens Olympics. His came as a member of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay while hers came in the 50 meter freestyle. Metella has racked up a collection of international medals, mostly as part of France’s relay teams. At the 2015 World Championships, he was part of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay to win gold.

Metella trains at Dauphins Toulouse OEC in Toulouse, France.

Early Career

Metella made his international long course debut aged 22 at the 2012 European Championships. He took the place of Yannick Angel on the 4×100 meter freestyle relay to claim gold. Two years later, he was a member of the Frence team that defended the european 4×100 meter freestyle crown.

2015 World Championships

Metella qualified for the 100 meter butterfly at the World Championships with his performance at the French Nationals. But his disappointing sixth place finish in the 100 meter freestyle, put him out of the relay in Kazan. A month later at the France Golden Tour stop in Nancy, Metella made a bold statement. He swam a 48.44 (half a second quicker than his time at Nationals) to take the gold. That time was the fastest of a French man that year and moved him up to 10th in the world standings for the year. With that, he booked his place on the relay team in Kazan.

In Kazan, Metella joined Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius to take the gold medal in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. Metella got France off to a flying start, finishing the first leg tied second with a split of 48.37.Manaudou took the lead on the second leg and the race was France’s for the rest of the way. They took the gold in 3:10.74. In the 4×100 medley relay, Metella had the fastest butterfly split in the field. His 50.39 helped France to a bronze in 3:30.50.

In his individual event, 100 meter butterfly, Metella broke the French record in the final to finish 5th in 51.24.

2016 European Championships

In his last stop before Rio, Metella was in London for the European Championships. He took the bronze medal in 100 meter butterfly in 51.70. He also added a silver medal as a part of the 4×100 meter medley relay

2016 Rio Olympics

In Rio, Metella rejoined his world champion teammates in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. With USA making the final this time, France had to settle for the silver. Again, Metella lead off for France and put them in first with a 48.08 split. They dropped down to fourth after the second leg, but Manaudou and Stravius brought it home for France to finish second in 3:10.53.

In the 100 meter butterfly final, Metella finished 6th in 51.58. France didn’t make it out of the heats in the 4×100 meter medley, so Metella didn’t get his chance to swim that event.

2017 World Championships

Metella won his first individual World Championship medal with a bronze in the 100 meter freestyle. He finished in 47.89, just 0.02 behind Nathan Adrian who took the silver. In the 100 meter butterfly he finished 8th in 51.16.

2018 European Championships

In Glasgow, Metella won a hat trick of medals. As a part of of the mixed 4×100 free relay, he had one of the fastest splits of the field (47.45) as France went on to take gold in the event. In his individuals, Mehdy backed up his world champ bronze from 2017 with another bronze in the event (48.24) as well as a silver in the 100 fly (51.24).

2019 World Championships

Metella placed 5th in the 100 fly (51.38) and 14th in the 100 free (48.65) in Gwangju. He swam on France’s mixed 4×100 free relay, splitting 47.78 to help France touch for 3rd place and a bronze medal.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2016 Olympic Games
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2015 World Championships
Bronze 400 Medley Relay 2015 World Championships
Bronze 100 Free 2017 World Championships
Bronze 400 Mixed Free Relay 2019 World Championships
Gold 400 Mixed Free Relay 2018 European Championships
Silver 100 Fly 2018 European Championships
Bronze 100 Free 2018 European Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 100 Free 47.89 07/27/17 2017 World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 100 Fly 50.85 04/21/19 2019 French Championships
Rennes, France
Mehdy Metella (FRA) at 2015 World Championships in Kazan. Photo courtesy of Tim Binning/ Fabien Gilot, Florent Manaudou, and Mehdy Metella (FRA) at 2015 World Championships in Kazan. Photo courtesy of Tim Binning/ Mehdy Metella 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis) STRAVIUS Jeremy, METELLA Mehdy, WATTEL Marie FRA Gold Medal 4X100m Freestyle Mixed Relay Finals Glasgow 08/08/18 Swimming Tollcross International Swimming Centre LEN European Aquatics Championships 2018 European Championships 2018 Photo Andrea Masini/ Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto