Camille Muffat Matches Training Partner With WR of Her Own in France

Camille Muffat, in what has become a back-and-forth, metaphorical contest with her Olympic Nice teammate Yannick Agnel, got her World Record on day 2 of the 2012 French Short Course National Championships in Angers this afternoon.

Muffat swam an 8:01.06 that knocked more than three seconds off of the old World Record that was held by Italy’s Alessia Filippi from 2009. Including continental and national bests, here are the records that Muffat broke with this swim:

  • World – Alessia Filippi, Italy, 8:04.53, 12/12/2008
  • European – Same as above
  • French – Coralie Balmy, 8:05.32, 12/12/12008

Muffat’s splits actually were paced very similarly to what we saw from Agnel in his 800 free European Record this morning, though she didn’t drop down quite as far at the end of her swim:


What’s perhaps even scarier is that her best 400 meters of that 800 meter swim puts her around a 3:57, which is only a few away from that World Record as well.

In other notable swims, Yannick Agnel won the 100 free in 46.68 – with 50 free champion Florent Manaudou sitting it out (he’s done that a few times this fall, shying away from the 100 in favor of 50’s of the other strokes).

Jeremy Stravius broke his 2nd French Record of the meet. After cracking the 200 IM on Thursday, today he swam a 4:06.85 in the 400 IM which broke Sebastien Rouault’s 4:07.97. That’s the 2nd of Rouault’s three short course National Records that were broken today.

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What on earth?!?! AMAZING! I guess if Balmy has been 8.05 there is no reason why Camille couldn’t go 8.01 but still…bloody hell.

Philip Johnson

may not be getting a lot of attention, but amazing by Muffat.

bobo gigi

Congrats Camille! You are completely on fire in Nice! Now it’s time to break the 200 free world record and to destroy the 400 free world record. You still have plenty of work to do. This week or next week.
It’s a pity that Katie Ledecky will not be in Istanbul. She could have responded to these attacks from Camille Muffat on distance freestyle in short course meters. However, she will be in Austin in short course yards so we will have to be content with conversions and comparisons.

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