France Names 11 to Roster for 2019 World Championships in Gwangju

2019 French Elite National Championships – 50M

At the conclusion of Sunday night’s finals session at 2019 French Elite Nationals in Rennes, the FFN (Fédération Française de Natation) announced the names of the 11 athletes who will form Team France at 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Three of the swimmers, Charlotte Bonnet, Fantine Lesaffre, and Mehdy Metella, had prequalified for selection to the team by medaling in individual events at 2018 European Championships in Glasgow last summer. The other eight were added to the roster this week.



The French women did not qualify any relays, per the FFN’s qualifying rules. The men qualified only the 400 free relay. Athletes qualified to swim at Worlds are allowed one complementary event, according to the FFN’s rules, as long as they achieved a FINA A cut in prelims. Presumably, Bonnet will be able to add the 50 free, Gastaldello will be able to add either the 50 back or the 50 fly, and Wattel should be able to add the 50 fly. It is unclear if Lesaffre will be allowed to swim the 200 IM; she achieved the A cut in finals, not in prelims as stated in the rules.

On the men’s side, Mignon will be able to add the 50 free and Metella, the 50 fly. Aubry and Joly should be able to add the 800 free (as an aside, Aubry broke the French National Record in the event in finals).


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Honest Observer
1 year ago

Wonder how many officials are accompanying the team. Someone ought to set near impossible goals for them to achieve before they get to go as well.

Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Just one French relay at worlds, a sad sight!

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

This is crazy with Olympic qualification on the line!

Coach John
1 year ago

how is this relay fiasco going to affect their relay entries for 2020 Tokyo? are they completely limited to that one relay now or are there other chances to get more relays in for Tokyo?

Reply to  Coach John
1 year ago

Olympic relays are top 12 at world + 4 fastest times outside these 12

Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

Yikes, if this is true, they should feel ashamed for not sending relays to at least try. No wonder Bobo Gigi has been missing. It’s a a sad time for French swimming.

Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

So with that logic… they are purposely going for the 4 team wildcard…. this is a worse strategy than every Brazilian prelim relay order (I kid…)

Reply to  John
1 year ago

Indeed, 5 relays possibly gambling on time trials…

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