French Women Break National Record in 4×100 Free Relay in Prelims


Swimming in heat 2 of the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay, Béryl Gastaldello, Charlotte Bonnet, Mathilde Cini, and Anna Santamans combined to break the French national record by .83. The quartet clocked a record 3:36.85 and qualified eighth for finals. The previous national record, established in Beijing in 2008, had held for 8 years.

The comparative splits between the Rio and Beijing relays are as follows:

  2016   2012
Beryl Gastaldello 54.94 Céline Couderc 54.32
Charlotte Bonnet 53.16 Alena Popchanka 54.54
Mathilde Cini 54.64 Ophélie-Cyrielle Etienne 54.79
Anna Santamans 54.11 Malia Metella 54.03
  3:36.85   3:37.68


Bonnet and Gastaldello are France’s two entrants in the individual 100 meter freestyle event. Bonnet is seeded with 53.80, which she swam in Monaco at the beginning of June. Gastaldello comes in with a personal best of 53.98, which she did at France’s long course nationals in the spring of 2015. Santamans’ personal best from a flat start is 54.93, and dates from the 2016 Golden Tour in February, while Cini was 54.44 at France’s Olympic Trials at the end of March, where she finished third behind Bonnet and Gastaldello.

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