2021 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR – MONACO
- Saturday, May 29th & Sunday, May 30th
- Swimming Pool Prince Albert II
- LCM (50m)
- Heats at 9 am local/finals at 5 pm local
Day 2 prelims of the 2021 Mare Nostrum Tour stop in Monaco were on the subdued side, with no major explosive swims taking place at Prince Albert II Swimming Pool.
That could change in the finals, as Hungarian multi-Olympic medalist Katinka Hosszu pursued another hectic schedule loaded up with grueling events.
The 32-year-old snagged the 2nd fastest 200m fly time of 2:12.87 to easily make it into tonight’s final, sitting behind leader Maria Mata Cocco of Mexico. Cocco’s time of 2:10.15 to land lane 4 came within .50 of the Mexican national record, a mark of 2:10.15 Rita Medrano put on the books back in 2012.
Hosszu was also in the 100m back event, claiming the 3rd seed in a time of 1:02.84. That result checked in nearly 3 seconds behind leader Kira Toussaint, the Dutch ace who took 50m back gold at the just-completed European Championships last week.
Toussaint touched this morning in 59.93 to clear the field in the only sub-1:01 result, adding yet another solid performance to her ever-growing resume. The former Tennessee Vol has been under a minute in this 100m back event well over 30 times in her career.
Going back to Hosszu, the 200m breast was next on her agenda, with the versatile history-maker producing a time of 2:39.04 in this secondary event for her. That ranked 9th, nearly 9 seconds off of leader Yuliya Efimova of Russia, who clocked 2:30.15 as the top-seeded swimmer.
Hosszu took a pass on the women’s 100m freestyle before taking on the 200m IM, a race that saw only 2 swimmers in the pool. Conserving energy, Hosszu posted a time of 2:14.36 to lead France’s Fantine Lesaffre who touched this morning in 2:18.26.
The 29-year-old placed 5th in the heats of the men’s 100m fly, hitting 54.12, while Swiss swimmer Jeremy Desplanches claimed lane 4 in 53.08.
Le Clos was also among the 200m free competitors, establishing himself as the 6th-seeded man in 1:50.95 while Jordan Pothain of France registered 1:48.02 as the leader.
Munoz owns a lifetime best of 54.33 as Spani’s national record, while Bonnet has been as quick as 52.74 in her career.