Bonnet’s 52.20 Split Powers France To 4×100 Fr Relay Gold


The French team wrapped up a banner day in Glasgow with another national record, courtesy of its women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. After establishing itself as the 3rd seed from prelims with a time of 3:39.13, the foursome of Marie Wattel, Charlotte Bonnet, Margaux Fabre and Beryl Gastaldello combined to steal gold away from runner-up Netherlands in a time of 3:34.65. The Dutch squad finished just a nail behind in 3:34.77 for silver.

Splits for the French women include 54.35 for Wattel, 52.20 for Bonnet, 54.41 for Fabre and 53.69 for Gastaldello. All told, today’s line-up blew away the previous national record of 3:36.85 set back at the 2016 Olympic Games. In that outing, Gastaldello led off in 54.94, with Bonnet 2nd in 53.16, while Mathilde Cini and Anna Santamans made up the final 2 legs, registering respective splits of 54.64 and 54.11.

In tonight’s race, Bonnet’s 2nd leg made the difference, as the 100m freestyle individual national record holder notched a quick sub-53 second split, just the 2nd of the entire field with NED’s Femke Heemskerk carrying a leg of 52.33. Bonnet’s personal best in the individual event rests at the 52.74 she produced just this past May, so look for the 23-year-old to possible produce something special once that women’s event comes around.

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Heemskerk split a 52.33, she is not second to her. Bonnet split a 52.20, the fastest of the field.


The French have traded their 400 free win tradition from the men to the women now !!! Impressive & incredible


Bonnet’s split is one second faster than 2 years ago in Rio …..Wow !!!

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