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)
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:
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.
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:
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