Bonnet Dominates 200 Free in Day 3 Prelims of French Nationals


  • Tuesday, May 23 – Sunday, May 28, 2017
  • Centre Nautique de Schiltigheim, Strasbourg
  • 50-meter course
  • Prelims at 9:00 AM / Finals at 5:30 PM
  • Televised on beIN SPORTS1 Tue-Fri / beIN SPORTS2 Sat / beIN SPORTS3 Sun
  • FINA Qualifying Standards for 2017 Worlds
  • Meet Central
  • Start Lists
  • Results

The 2017 French Elite Long Course Nationals continued this morning in Strasbourg with day 3 prelims. Swimmers gathered to compete in the men’s 200 fly, 100 back, and 800 free, while the women competed in the 50 breast, 200 IM, and 200 free. The fastest 8 seeds in the men’s 800 free haven’t swum yet, as they’ll be racing during the finals session. Read on for highlights from today’s morning session.

In the men’s 100 back prelims, Thomas Avetand and Benjamin Stasiulis were narrowly separated as they raced to the top 2 seed. It should be a good race in the middle of the pool tonight, as Avetand touched in 54.79 to take lane 4 by just 2 hundredths of a second over Stasilius (54.81). Also in the mix will be Paul-Gabriel Bedel, who qualified 3rd with a 55.17.

Olympic freestyler Charlotte Bonnet led the way through the women’s 200 free prelims. Bonnet, who finaled in this event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was the only woman to crack the 2:00-barrier this morning. She touched the wall in 1:58.45, finishing well ahead of 2nd seed Margaux Fabre (2:00.16).

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bobo gigi

Required times in todays’ finals to qualify

Men’s 800 free. 7.51.18
Women’s 50 breast. 30.99
Men’s 200 fly. 1.56.72
Women’s 200 IM. 2.13.01
Men’s 100 back. 53.99
Women’s 200 free. 1.57.74


Currently France is worse than Spain. At least, we have a great swimmer, Mireia Belmonte, but she is 26 (27 in November). The other one with international level is breastroker Jessica Vall, 29 in November… As happens in France, you can’t see the wood for the trees.

bobo gigi

Everything was planned to happen like that after Rio. We were mentally prepared for the apocalypse. 🙂
After the sun, the rain. After the rain, hopefully the sun in a few years. I’m a little bit more confident for the next decade after what I have seen so far. It’s less worse than I expected. A few young talents have emerged. Total rebuilding mode. Yes. Probably several years of struggle. It will take time to rebuild a team with the new generation. And talking about Spain, enjoy the moment with Mireia. It will not last forever. We know that in France.

bobo gigi

Men’s 800 free. Damien Joly PB of 7.50.30
Women’s 50 breast. Fanny Deberghes PB of 31.73
Men’s 200 fly. Jordan Coelho PB of 1.56.47/Matthias Marsau PB of 1.58.45
Women’s 200 IM. Fantine Lesaffre PB of 2.13.90/Cyrielle Duhamel PB of 2.13.68
Men’s 100 back. Benjamin Stasiulis PB of 53.27/Thomas Avetand PB of 54.79 today in prelims. Too bad Geoffroy Matthieu who won the 200 Back in 1.57.04 has slipped at the start in prelims and missed the A-Final in 57.14. His PB is 55.99. He dropped 2.92 s off her best time in the 200 back. So a 54 mid in the B-Final is possible.
Women’s 200 free. Charlotte Bonnet PB of 1.56.16

bobo gigi

Charlotte Bonnet wants to swim 1.55 for the first time of her career. Yes, it would be great but I also wonder if that would be a good idea to peak 2 months before worlds. Always the same big concern from my part about that decision of putting these championships in late May. It used to be in late March/early April. You ask your best swimmers to peak 2 months before the biggest meet of the year. The reason is probably that they wanted to give athletes more time of rest after Rio. But swimming at his/her best twice with an interval of 2 months is not easy to do.

bobo gigi

Men’s 800 free. 1. Marc-Antoine Olivier in 7.55.61
Big surprise. And bad surprise from Damien Joly only 4th in 7.58.96.
No qualification for worlds.

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