Bonnet Among Three New Qualifiers For French World Championship Team


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Three swimmers officially booked their tickets to the 2022 World Championships on the third day of competition at the French Elite Championships in Limoges Métropole, highlighted by three-time Olympian and 2018 European champion Charlotte Bonnet.

Bonnet, 27, clocked her fastest 200 free time in three years to dominate the championship final, touching in 1:56.47 to get more than two seconds under the qualifying standard of 1:58.66.

Although Bonnet’s time of 1:56.88 from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games would’ve qualified for the Worlds team regardless, her spot in Budapest wasn’t official until this final concluded (with the other swimmers able to leapfrog her if they beat her and managed to get under the cut).

Also qualifying for the first time was two-time French Olympian Damien Joly and 50 back National Record holder Analia Pigree.

Joly won the men’s 800 free in 7:51.25, getting under the cut of 7:53.11, while Pigree took second to Mary-Ambre Moluh in the women’s 50 back (27.70 to 27.72) to solidify her Worlds spot.

Pigree was in position to qualify in the 100 back on Wednesday, having been 59.88 in December, but was denied after both Emma Terebo and Moluh went under the cut in the final.

In addition to those three new qualifiers, we saw Maxime Grousset and Hadrien Salvan add the 100 free to their schedules after winning the men’s 50 fly and 200 free, respectively, earlier on, while Moluh added the 50 back to her lineup.


Cyrielle Duhamel 200 IM Maxime Grousset 50 fly, 100 free
Marie Wattel 100 fly Florent Manaudou 50 fly
Emma Terebo 100 back Yohann Ndoye Brouard 100 back
Mary-Ambre Moluh 50/100 back Mewen Tomac 100 back
Analia Pigree 50 back Hadrien Salvan 100/200 free
Charlotte Bonnet 200 free Jordan Pothain 200 free
Damien Joly 800 free

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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