On the final day of the 2nd International Meeting of the Mediterranean in Marseille Great Britain’s Fran Halsall capped off a successful weekend by winning both the 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.
On the final night of the meet Halsall went up against American Natalie Coughlin in both events. The two met earlier in the competition where they battled for the top spot in the 50 freestyle with the Brit being victorious. On the final evening Halsall would once again get the best of Coughlin in both the 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.
In the 100 freestyle Halsall won the event in a time of 54.61 which is the third fastest time in the world this year, behind Cate Campbell and Sarah Sjostrom. Coughlin was second with a time of 54.79.
In the 50 butterfly Halsall won in a time of 26.91 followed by Coughlin who posted a time of 27.42.
800 freestyle Olympic silver medallist Mireia Belmonte Garcia started the evening off by winning the 1500 freestyle in a time of 16:17.80 which is the third fastest time in the world this year behind Becca Mann and Lotte Friis.
Marina Garcia Urzainqui of Spain won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:27.89 holding off a fast charging Elisa Celli of Italy who finished in a time of 2:28.79.
Spaniard Mercedes Peris Minguet won the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.81 while her fellow countrywoman Beatriz Gomez Cortes was victorious in the 400 IM posting a time of 4:44.60.
In the 50 butterfly Frenchmen Florent Manaudou and Frederick Bousquet went the two fastest times in the world this year with Manaudou posting a time of 23.51 beating Bousquet by the narrowest of margins who finished in a time of 23.52.
Earlier in the evening American Nathan Adrian posted the fastest time in the world in the 100 freestyle swimming a 48.11. That bettered his own time of 48.32 which he swam at the Austin Grand Prix in January. Fellow American Anthony Ervin was second in a time of 49.08.
Spaniard Marc Sanchez Torrens had a busy night first winning the 800 freestyle in a time of 8:12.26 and followed that up by winning the final event of the competition, the 400 IM in a time of 4:26.45.
Frenchman Giacomo Perez Dortona won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:15.43 while Aschwin Wildeboer Faber of Spain won the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.67.