Both Muffat and Agnel Narrowly Miss World Records in the 200 Freestyle at French Nationals

by SwimSwam Staff 12

November 18th, 2012 International, News

Going into the final day of French Nationals there was a great deal of excitement surrounding both the women’s and men’s 200 Freestyle.

In the women’s event Camille Muffat who on Friday broke the world record in the 800 Freestyle was looking to redeem herself after swimming a very pedestrian 400 Freestyle on Saturday.

She did not disappoint.

After the first 100 meters she was more than a second ahead of the world record pace set by Federica Pellegrini in 2009. After turning at 150 meters it looked like the 23 year old Muffat was going leave the meet with not one, but two world records. Unfortunately in the last 50 meters Muffat hit the proverbial wall closing with a final split of 29.14, a full second slower than that of Pellegrini’s and finished in a national record time of 1:51.65 which was 48 one-hundreths of second short of the record.

Muffat 25.81 53.79 (27.98) 1:22.51 (28.72) 1:51.65 (29.14)

Pellegrini 26.58 54.84 (28.26) 1:23.09 (28.25) 1:51.17 (28.08)

It was deja vu all over again when Yannick Agnel hit the water in the men’s 200. On the first day of the competition Agnel broke the world record in the 400 Freestyle erasing the mark set by Germany’s Paul Biedermann and he set out to do the same in the 200.

At the 100 meter mark he was nearly a second ahead of world record pace. After 150 meters he was still 61 one-hundreths ahead of the pace, but he did not have the extra gear he needed in the last 50 to break Biedermann’s record, finishing in a national record time of 1:39.70 missing the record by 53 one-hundreths of a second.

Agnel 23.13 48.39 (25.26) 1:114.11 (25.72) 139.70 (25.59)

Biedermann 23.79 49.29 (25.50) 1:14.72 (25.43) 1:39.37 (24.65)

Winning results from the rest of the evening:

Women’s 50 Freestyle – Anna Santanmans – 24.69

Men’s 50 Butterfly – Federick Bousquet – 22.57

Women’s 400 IM – Fantine Lesaffre – 4:39.04

Men’s 200 Breast – Giacomo Perez Dortona – 2:07.01

Women’s 200 Back – Alexianne Castel – 2:05.42


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Glad to see records beginning to fall with regularity, seems hard training has finally closed the gap the suits created! Just a thought, when fina made the current suit rules, why didn’t they allow males to have the full knee suits that women enjoy? Not that I have anything against the current rules, they are working great and I’m glad about using non-rubber suits, but in this age of equality in other sectors of our culture, just wonder why it’s never been made a topic.


Because they look like dorks.

Interesting that they both went out too fast and were run-down by the current WR’s.

Philip Johnson

those world records are as good as gone.

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