France moves to head of 2015 Worlds medal tally after day 2

A second gold medal vaulted France to the top of the pool swimming medal table two days into the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

That gold came courtesy of Florent Manaudouwho continues to show unparalleled short speed, winning the 50 fly in a crushing 22.97.

That wasn’t even quite as fast as his French-record prelims swim of 22.84, but still won gold by over a tenth.

There have only been 8 pool swimming gold medals awarded so far, and between Manaudou and the 4×100 free relay, the French have won two of them.

In tow is Great Britain, which finished off a nice morning with four total medals, the most of any nation. Adam Peaty won 100 breaststroke gold on day 2, and Ross Murdoch stole bronze in a big medal haul for the Brits. Meanwhile Siobhan-Marie O’Connor picked up bronze in the women’s 200 IM.

16 teams have already won medals, a true testament to parity with only 25 total pool medals given out so far.

Pool Swimming Medals After Day 2

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  France 2 0 0 2
2  Great Britain 1 1 2 4
3  Australia 1 0 1 2
 China 1 0 1 2
 Hungary 1 0 1 2
 United States 1 0 1 2
7  Sweden 1 0 0 1
8  Netherlands 0 2 0 2
9  Brazil 0 1 0 1
 Denmark 0 1 0 1
 Japan 0 1 0 1
 Russia* 0 1 0 1
 South Africa 0 1 0 1
14  Canada 0 0 1 1
 Italy 0 0 1 1
 Poland 0 0 1 1
Total 8 8 9 25

China still maintains its lead in the all-sport medal table, thanks to a huge haul on the diving boards. The host nation of Russia sits second in that tally, with the United States in third place.

There are still 6 days of the World Championships left, with 34 gold medals yet to be awarded in the pool. Only 4 other golds (two in high diving and two in water polo) remain up for grabs, so this medal table could change drastically by meet’s end, based on pool results.

Total Medals After Day 2

 

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 11 9 3 23
2  Russia 8 4 1 13
3  United States 4 3 2 9
4  Great Britain 2 1 4 7
5  Italy 2 0 7 9
6  France 2 0 0 2
7  Germany 1 1 2 4
8  Brazil 1 1 1 3
9  South Africa 1 1 0 2
10  Australia 1 0 3 4
11  North Korea 1 0 1 2
12  Netherlands 0 5 0 5
13  Canada 0 4 1 5
14  Ukraine 0 2 1 3
15  Greece 0 1 1 2
 Spain 0 1 1 2
17  Hungary 1 1 0 2
 Mexico 0 1 0 1
19  Japan 0 0 4 4
20  Malaysia 0 0 1 1

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Mark

2nd place for GB – won’t last but great to have 3 times as many medals as we won last time out already!

bobo gigi

Manaudou and our male sprinters are really the tree that hides the forest.
3 swimmers out of 14 have qualified after prelims in the first 2 days.
But let’s enjoy these last golden moments of glory.
After Rio French swimming will disappear from the headlines with the likely retirements of Agnel, Gilot, Lacourt, Stravius, Balmy or Bousquet.
Hopefully the beast Manaudou will stay in action until Tokyo.

thomaslurzfan

I agree, i dont see more than 3 olympic medals for france here, only mens 50 free, mens 4 x 100 free and mens 100 back. Small chances in mens 100 fly, 4 x 100 medley, 100 free and womens 200 free. Even germany could win the same number of medals, although Biedermann now just is an outside bet.

SwimFanFinland

Maybe those you mentioned have inspired younger generations to pick swimming. It may bode well for France in the future.

Visitor M

If i’m right, Agnel is actually one year younger than Manaudou. Unless he makes big plans or personal health/preference, I don’t see why would Agnel retire at young age…

bobo gigi

Now I’ve seen the first 2 days, I predict 7 or 8 golds for USA in the pool.

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