France’s Charlotte Bonnet Breaks Euro Championship Record in 200 Free


  • August 3-9, 2018 (swimming portion)
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Tollcross International Swimming Centre

French swimmer Charlotte Bonnet took gold and a new Championship Record in the women’s 200 free on Monday evening in Glasgow. Her  winning time of 1:54.95 was almost two seconds clear of the field, and jumped her to 11th in the all-time global rankings (and 5th all-time among Europeans).

Bonnet’s time is the fastest ever at a European Championship, improving upon the 1:55.30 done by Sarah Sjostrom in 2016 on a relay leadoff.

The current European and World Record holder Federica Pellegrini won each of the last 4 European long course championships in this event. While she’s swimming at this meet, she retired from the event after winning the World Championship last year (though she dusted off a 1:56.7 on Italy’s 5th-place mixed 800 free relay) earlier in the meet).

In spite of a run of success that includes 4 of the 11 fastest performances ever, Pellegrini was never able to muster better than a 1:55.45 at the European Championships, which she did in Budapest in 2010. She has been faster than that swim a dozen times in her career.

The late Camille Muffat still holds the French Record in the 200 free with a 1:54.66 from the June 6th, 2012 stop of the Canet Mare Nostrum series.

All-Time Top 10 Performers, Women’s 200 LCM Freestyle:

  1. Federica Pellegrini, Italy – 1:52.98 (2009)
  2. Allison Schmitt, USA – 1:53.61 (2012)
  3. Katie Ledecky, USA – 1:53.73 (2016)
  4. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 1:54.08 (2016)
  5. Camille  Muffat, France – 1:54.66 (2012)
  6. Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands – 1:54.68 (2015)
  7. (TIE) Missy Franklin, USA – 1:54.81 (2013)
  8. (TIE) Taylor Ruck, Canada – 1:54.81 (2018)
  9. Emma McKeon, Australia – 1:54.83 (2016)
  10. Ariarne Titmus, Australia – 1:54.85 (2018)
  11. Charlotte Bonnet, France – 1:54.95 (2018)

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