The French Open, known by many as the “Paris Open,” has long been a pre-championship host to many of the world’s great swimmers, including huge appearance fees rumored to have been paid to Michael Phelps in the past.
Though there will be no Phelps this year, there is still a huge group of world-class competitors at the meet. That includes a sprint field that will include Cesar Cielo, Amaury Leveaxux, Fabien Gilot, Fred Bousquet, James Magnussen, Barry Murphy, George Bovell, and Florent Manaudou. Save the absence of American Nathan Adrian and a few others (who are mostly retired), that represents nearly half (6 of 13) of the Olympic sprint medalists in the last two Games.
Among other headliners on the men’s side include Canadian Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochrane, Hungarian superstar Laszlo Cseh, 2012 Olympic 100 fly silver medalist Evgeny Korotyshkin, Camille Lacourt, Amaury Leveaux, Marco Koch, Luca Marin from Italy, 50 fly World Record holder Rafa Munoz, Brazil’s 400 IM Olympic silver medalist Thiago Pereira, Jeremy Stravius, 100 breaststroke World Record holder Cameron van der Burgh, and South Africa’s former World Champion Gerhard Zandberg.
The women’s field will include Camille Muffat, Dorothea Brandt, Alexa Komarnycky, Duane da Rocha, Inge Dekker, and World Record holder Britta Steffen.
The vast majority of the French international teams will also be at the meet, as will one of the world’s great Paralympians Andre Brasil.
To see a full list of participants, click here.
The meet will run from July 6th-7th (Saturday and Sunday) in Vichy val d’Allier, and live results will be at this link once the meet begins.