Magnussen Impressive in 100 freestyle win at French Open

Australian James Magnussen who leads the world in the 100 freestyle this year having posted a time of 47.53 in April, showed that he is right on track to put in a great performance in Barcelona, winning the event at the French Open in a time of 47.67. Magnussen who had a tremendous morning swim, recording a time of 48.05 has now posted four of the top five times in the world this year.

47.53 – April 29th – Adelaide 

47.67 – Today

Vladimir Morozov – 47.93 – April 16 – Kazan

47.97 – April 30th – Adelaide

48.05 – Today in prelims 

The Olympic silver medalist had a stronger second 50 meters in Vichy val d’Allier than he did when posted his season’s best:

47.53 – 22.80/24.73

47.67 – 23.11/24.56

Magnussen was the first of three Aussies to land on the podium. Daniel Tranter finished second in a time of 49.77 followed by Matthew Abood who recorded a time of 49.82.

In the first A final of the night Kiwi Lauren Boyle took the 800 freestyle posting the third fastest time in the world winning the event 8:23.08. Boyle’s time was just off her own national record of 8:22.72, which was good enough for fourth place in London last year:

Boyle’s splits in the win: 2:06.50/4:12.59 (2:06.09)/6:18.17 (2:07.58)/8:23.08 (2:04.91)

German Sarah Kohler finished second, well behind Boyle, in a time of 8:35.99. She was followed by Australian Jessica Ashwood who recorded a time of 8:37.41.

Cesar Cielo took the first dash of the competition winning the men’s 50 butterfly in a time of 23.15, which is a season’s best by one one-hundredth of a second and is the sixth fastest time in the world this year. The man who sits just ahead of him in the world rankings, Florent Manaudou finished second in a time of 23.61.

Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin finished third in a time of 23.74.

Camille Muffat destroyed the field in the women’s 200 freestyle winning the event in a time of 1:56.45. Muffat who is on top of the world rankings having posted a time of 1:55.48 has swum four of the fastest times in the world this year:

Camille Muffat, 3-time 2012 Olympic medalist

Camille Muffat, 3-time 2012 Olympic medalist

1:55.48 – Rennes – April 14th 

1:55.69 – Rennes – April 13th

1:56.00 – Monte-Carlo – June 8th

1:56.01 – Rome – June 15th

The only swimmer to interrupt her streak of top times is American Missy Franklin who posted a time of 1:55.56 at the US World Championship Trials.

Muffat’s French teammate Charlotte Bonnet finished second in a time of 1:58.65. She was followed Lauren Boyle who finished third in a time of 1:58.77. Boyle returned to the podium only moments after winning the 800 freestyle.

South African Giulio Zorzi won the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 27.66. He was followed by Irishman Barry Murphy who finished in a time of 27.88 and Giacomo Perez Dortona of France who posted a time of 27.90.

Germany went one, two, three in the women’s 100 breaststroke. Caroline Ruhnau won the event in a time of 1:09.15 followed by Vanessa Grimberg who recorded a time of 1:09.59. Julia Wilkers finished third in a time of 1:11.20.

German Jacob Heidtman had an easy win in the men’s 400 IM out swimming his fellow countryman Kevin Wedel by over five seconds. Heidtman won the event in a time of 4:19.34, while Wedel finished in a time of 4:24.71. Nathan Capp of New Zealand finished third in a time of 4:25.80.

Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won the 100 butterfly in a time of 58.89. That time is a season’s best for Dekker who posted a 59.46 in early June. Slovak Katarina Listopadova finished second in a time of 59.18, followed by Alexandra Wenk who recorded a time of 1:00.05.

Jeremy Stravius took the men’s 100 backstroke in a time of 54.11, which is well off his season’s best and world leading time of 54.11. He was followed by Gareth Kean of New Zealand who finished second in a time of 54.86, with Stravius’s fellow countryman from France Camille Lacourt who posted a time of 55.26.Jeremy Stravius 200 IM Thanking Crowd

At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai Stravius and Lacourt tied for the win in a time of 52.76.

Spaniard Duane Da Rocha Marce won the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 29.13. She was followed by Cloe Credeville of France who recorded a time of 29.40 and German Johann Roas who finished in a time of 29.54.

Hungarian Laszlo Cseh took the men’s 200 butterfly in a time of 1:57.07, which is off his season’s best of 1:56.35 that he recorded at the Hungarian Nationals last weekend. He was followed by Italian Matteo Pelizzari who posted a time of 1:58.38 and Frenchman Jordan Coelho who finished in a time of 1:58.60.

Fatine Lesaffre of France won the women’s 200 IM in a time of 2:16.95. Canadian Alexa Komarnycky finished second posting a time of 2:17.19, with Israeli Amit Ivry finishing third in a time of 2:17.47.

Canadian Ryan Cochrane, the Olympic silver medalist in the 1500 freestyle, won the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:49.67. Cochrane whose season’s best is 3:47.08 and has a lifetime best of 3:44.85 put together a very solid swim splitting:

Ryan Cochrane, Swimming Canada (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

Ryan Cochrane, Swimming Canada (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

56.43/154.55 (58.12)/2:52.82 (58.27)/3:49.67 (56.85)

He was followed by Matthew Stanley of New Zealand who finished in a time of 3:51.39 and Damien Joly who recorded a time of 3:53.03.

German Britta Steffan took the women’s 50 freestyle in a season’s best time of 24.77, which is also good enough to rank eighth in the world. She was followed by fellow German Dorothea Brandt who posted a time of 24.80, which is currently ranked ninth in the world.

After winning the 100 butterfly Inge Dekker finished third in a time of 25.45.

Marco Koch of Germany won the men’s 200 breaststroke easily in a time of 2:09.40, which is a season’s best and the seventh ranking time in the world this year. He was followed by Tomas Klobucnik of Slovakia who recorded a time of 2:13.40 and Christian Vom Lehn of Germany who finished in a time of 2:13.97.

German Lisa Graf took the women’s 200 backstroke in a time of 2:11.74 just ahead of Canadian Hilary Calwell who finished second in a time of 2:11.86. Duane Da Rocha Marce, who won the 50 backstroke earlier in the evening finished third in a time of 2:13.22.

Full results can be found here

 

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bobo gigi
john26

Magnussen’s already popped a 48.05 in prelims? Wow

Philip Johnson

By far the fastest in the group, the next guy was 49.41. he looks to be on form.

aswimfan

Magnussen’s easy speed is just obscene.

bobo gigi

1.58.77 in the 200 free just a few minutes after 8.23.08 in the 800 free for Lauren Boyle! She’s in a very good shape.

SwimFanFinland

I agree about Boyle. She surprised me. We’re going to get a nice comparison between Muffat and Boyle in 400m free tomorrow if they both are going to attend.

aswimfan

I hope Boyle wins a medal in Barcelona.
It will be tremendous for New Zealand.

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