Could the French Not Qualify Any Relays for World Championships?


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You can read the original article in French, here.

For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, the French Federation (FFN) may not take any relays to the World Championships in Budapest this summer. Already, both the men’s and womens’ 4×200 meter freestyle relays missed the FFN’s time standards based on the performances, in the A finals, of the top four 200 freestylers. The women were only off by .80 but the men missed the mark by 4.3 seconds.

The French men are unlikely to have the chance to defend their world championship title in the 4×100 free either, as their add-up times from yesterday’s A final took the top four over the minimum standard by .57.

The three relays that are still in play are the men’s 4×100 medley and the women’s 4×100 free and 4×100 medley.

  • Women’s 4×100 free: If the top four freestylers all go at their best times, the women will qualify for Budapest with a margin of .37.
  • Women’s 4×100 medley: Béryl Gastaldello helped the French squad with a huge swim in the 100 fly yesterday, but France has a dearth of breaststrokers. Even if the winner of the 100 back and the 100 free goes right at their personal best times, the women would still be about .91 short of the standard.
  • Men’s 4×100 medley: All the pressure rests with Mehdy Metella, who needs to break his own French national record in the 100 fly today with an enormous 51.08 in order to the men to qualify.

Italics = Theoretical best times, not yet swum in finals

Women’s 4×100 free PBs Men’s 4×100 free A final
Charlotte Bonnet 53.80 Mehdy Metella 48.23
Béryl Gastaldello 53.98 Jérémy Stravius 48.68
Anna Santamans 54.93 Clément Mignon 49.09
Cloé Hache 55.27 Nosy Pelagie 49.76
3:37.98   3:15.76
Standard 3:38.35 Standard 3:15.19
Margin -0:00.37 Margin +0:00.57


Men’s 4×200 free A final Men’s 4×200 free A final
Charlotte Bonnet 1:55.80 Jonathan Atsu 1:48.15
Margaux Fabre 1:58.70 Jordan Pothain 1:48.66
Alizée Morel 1:59.93 Lory Bourelly 1:48.83
Manon Viguier 2:01.30 Clément Mignon 1:49.30
  7:55.73 7:14.94
Standard 7:54.93 Standard 7:10.60
Margin +0:00.80 Margin +0:04.34


Men’s 4×100 medley A final + PBs   Men’s 4×100 medley A final + PBs
Back- Camille Gheorghiu 1:00.74 Back- Benjamin Stasiulis 54.79
Breast- Fanny Deberghes 1:09.18 Breast- Théo Bussière 1:00.62
Fly- Béryl Gastaldello 58.03 Fly- Mehdy Metella 51.08
Free- Charlotte Bonnet 53.80 Free- Jérémy Stravius 48.68
4:01.75     3:35.17
Standard 4:00.84 Standard 3:35.17
Margin +0:00.91 Margin 0:00.00



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6 years ago

That 800 freelay is trash

He Gets It Done Again
6 years ago

They need more bathtubs to train in

Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
6 years ago

surely do

bobo gigi
Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
6 years ago

They especially need fast people to put in the bathtubs.

6 years ago

The answer is yes. They kinda suck right now.

6 years ago

the retirement of Manaudou (I think he retired?) and decline & subsequent retirement of Agnel has really set French freestyle back a long way. With those guys, in shape, they would have been perennial contenders in the relay. Their abrupt departures are going to be hard to recover from.

Reply to  pvdh
6 years ago

As far as I know Manaudou is taking an extended break but not officially retired. He actually tried his hand at handball for a while after Rio, but don’t think it was too successful. But for the purpose of this discussion we should consider him retired for now 🙂

Worth pointing out that Gilot and Meynard also retired after Rio, so the relay lost three strong elements, and Stravius was injured and is only just getting back up to speed, so hardly surprising the sprint free relay is struggling a bit.

It does look like there won’t be any relays in Budapest. Need a big PB in the women’s backstroke for the last chance. A few relays came close to… Read more »

6 years ago

Well, W4X100 was a wash-out with Bonnet’s 53,65PB offset by Gastaldello’s 54.55 and 3rd/4th at 55.13 & 55.24 left them at 3.38.57 (0.22 shy). Likewise Metella’s 51.36 100fly, in itself, was a excellent swim but left the M4X100 AT 3.35.45 (0.28 short).

Not looking good unless they decide to disregard their own QT standards and take those relays that were within a 0.5sec (W4X100, M4XMED) or even those within 1sec (M4X100,W4X200). Bonnet’s 100fr PB does help the W4XMED somewhat but still requiring a PB in excess of 0.5sec to make the QT

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