The 2021 French Elite Swimming Championships wrapped up on Sunday, June 19 and upon the conclusion of the 6-day Olympic qualifying meet, it appears as though France will send 15 swimmers to the Tokyo Games to race individually.
2021 French Olympic Roster
- Leon Marchand – 200/400 IM, 200 butterfly
- Cyrielle Duhamel – 200 IM
- Fantine Lesaffre – 200 IM
- Mewen Tomac – 100/200 backstroke
- Yohann Ndoye Brouard – 100/200 backstroke
- Marie Wattel – 50/100 freestyle, 100 butterfly
- Jordan Pothain – 200 freestyle
- Jonathan Atsu – 200 freestyle
- Charlotte Bonnet – 100/200 freestyle
- David Aubry – 800 freestyle
- Antoine Viquerat – 200 breaststroke
- Maxime Grousset – 50/100 freestyle
- Melanie Henique – 50 freestyle
- Mehdy Metella – 100 butterfly
- Florent Manaudou – 50 freestyle
This list was compiled based on the French Swimming Federation’s social media posts via Twitter and Instagram over the course of the meet but we don’t yet have a full official roster from the federation. We will update the list should any more information become available.
The roster features 4 fewer individual entrants than the 19 that France sent to the Rio 2016 Olympics and the 21 that they sent to London 2012.
The headliners here will be 2-time individual Olympic medalist Florent Manaudou who picked up 50 free gold in 2012 and silver in 2016. Joining him, up-and-coming Leon Marchand will pull triple duty in the men’s 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 fly. Marchand swam a 4:09 in the 400 IM to break the French National Record in the event and insert himself firmly into the medal conversation.
French record holder Mehdy Metella will race the 100 fly after undergoing shoulder surgery a bit more than a year ago.
As for the women, Charlotte Bonnet will be competing in the 100 and 200 freestyles at what will be her 3rd Olympic Games with a shot at improving upon her 8th place finish in the 200 free in 2016. Joining her and competing at their 2nd-ever Olympic Games will be French record-holders Marie Wattel (50/100 free, 100 fly) and Melanie Henique (50 free).
One of the biggest names missing so far from the list is 2016 Olympian Beryl Gastaldello who just missed out on qualifying in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 100 backstroke. While she swam under the Olympic qualifying cut in the 100 free, she didn’t hit the required top 2 finish as Marie Wattel and Charlotte Bonnet went 1-2 and will swim the event in Tokyo.
Beryl Gastaldello Individual Performances:
|50 Freestyle||100 Freestyle||100 Butterfly||100 Backstroke|
Notably, Beryl Gastaldello swam a 53.40 to win the 100 freestyle at France’s first Olympic qualifying meet back in December which was faster than Marie Wattel (53.72) and Charlotte Bonnet‘s performance both in December and recently in June.
While Gastaldello missed out on qualifying individually, she will be representing France at the Games for the 4×100 freestyle relay along with Wattel and Bonnet, as well as Anouchka Martin and Margaux Fabre who were named to the team for the relay.
France has qualified 5 relays for the Tokyo Olympics in the form of the men’s and women’s 4×100 and 4×200 freestyles, as well as the men’s 4×100 medley.
Relay Only Swimmers:
- Beryl Gastaldello – women’s 4×100 freestyle
- Anouchka Martin – women’s 4×100 freestyle
- Margaux Fabre – women’s 4×100 freestyle, 4×200 freestyle
- Théo Bussiere – men’s 4×100 medley (breaststroke)
- Clément Mignon – men’s 4×100 freestyle
- Charles Rihoux – men’s 4×100 freestyle
- Hadrien Salvan – men’s 4×200 freestyle
- Enzo Tesic – men’s 4×200 freestyle
- Lucile Tessariol – men’s 4×200 freestyle
- Assia Touati – men’s 4×200 freestyle
Charlotte Bonnet is the sole swimmer to be named individually in the women’s 200 freestyle meaning that there is an opportunity for one of 3 nominees to the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay could get a shot at swimming the event. Assia Touati placed second to Bonnet at the 2021 French Elite Swimming Championships with a 1:59.70 which was a bit over the 1:57.28 FINA A cut but under the 2:00.80 FINA B.
Another swimmer who could potentially get an individual swim is Théo Bussiere who made the team for the men’s 4×100 medley. He will race the breaststroke leg, having won the 100 breast with a 1:00.25 which trails the 59.93 qualifying cut. Since he is making the trip to Tokyo, the selection committee reserves the right to name him to the team in the 100 breast.