FFN Golden Tour Stage Four – Nancy, France
- Friday May 22nd-Sunday May 24th, 2015
- Prelims 9 am GMT+1 (3 am EST/12 am PDT)
- Finals 6 pm (12 pm EDT/9 am PDT), Sunday 3:30 pm (9:30 am EDT/6:30 am PDT)
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- Live Results
Day Two of the Golden Tour’s final stage in Nancy began with the women’s 1500. France’s longtime distance free specialist, Coralie Balmy of Mulhouse, earned gold with a 16:20.78, the 11th-fastest in the world so far this year. Balmy swam the 200-400-800 at French Nationals in Limoges in April; had she also swum the 1500, her 16:20 would have been the top French performance by 16 seconds. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was second with 16:36.43; Luxembourg’s Monique Olivier placed third in 16:45.40.
Jérémy Stravius of Amiens went 53.96 to take the 100 back by a decent margin; Germany’s Christian Diener was second in 55.05, in front of Amiens’ Eddie Moueddene (55.81). Stravius was exactly a half-second off his winning time from Limoges that put him in the sixth position worldwide for the season.
Hosszu cruised to a 1:00.48 victory in the women’s 100 back, 2.3 seconds ahead of Greece’s Theodora Drakou (1:02.77) and Camille Gheorghiu of Antibes (1:02.78). It was the first of three gold medals for the Hungarian, as she also won the 200 breast and 400 IM. The breast was quite a race: Adeline Martin of Antibes was up by .9 at the 50, .7 at the 100, and 1.2 at the 150. Hosszu came home in 37.4, outsplitting Martin by nearly 2 seconds over the last 50 and getting the win, 2:29.12 to 2:29.69. Fantine Lesaffre of Mulhouse placed third with 2:32.81. The IM saw Hosszu in the familiar position of racing compatriot Evelyn Verraszto in the middle lanes of the pool. This time they were joined by Franziska Hentke of Germany. Hentke charged to the lead in the butterfly (1:03.48), but the Hungarians passed her in the backstroke, both clocking 1:11-highs to Hentke’s 1:16. Hosszu took off in the breaststroke, leaving the field far behind, and finished in 4:40.96 for the win. Verraszto earned the silver medal with 4:45.17, while Hentke took the bronze in 4:45.90.
As with yesterday’s 100 breast, Marco Koch and Christian vom Lehn of Germany mounted the steps of the podium. Koch won in 2:09.68, .04 better than his winning time at German Nationals in April. Vom Lehn was second with 2:11.95. Hungary’s David Verraszto rounded out the podium with 2:13.35.
Sprint king Florent Manaudou of Marseille and teammate Medhy Metella went 1-2 in the 50 fly with 23.75 and 23.88, respectively. Manaudou won in Limoges with 23.53, and at the Amiens stage of the Golden Tour with 23.49. Metella’s other Golden Tour performances in the 50 fly this season were 23.82-23.89-23.69. Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev took third in 24.01.
In the women’s 50 fly, Mélanie Henique of Amiens, who finished second to Béryl Gastaldello in Limoges, won with 26.29. Nice’s Marie Wattel went 26.91 for second. Anna Ntountounaki of Greece rounded out the podium with 27.02 for third.
Paul Biedermann, whose 1:45.60 from German Nationals in April is the top performance in the world so far this season, went 1:47.42 to win the men’s 200 free. Marseille’s Metella cracked the 1:50 barrier for the first time this season, taking second with 1:49.99. Lorys Bourelly of Toulouse was third in 1:50.12. Yannick Agnel, who won the 200 at French Nationals in Limoges with 1:45.97, went 1:51.82 in prelims to finish 11th.
Charlotte Bonnet of Nice, the reigning French national champion in the 200 free, was right at her best time from Limoges in winning the women’s race in 1:56.89. This is her most successful distance, and an event in which she hopes to medal at Kazan. Going 1:56 in the middle of the season bodes well for the Niçoise’s chances this summer. Hosszu finished second with 1:58.60, while Evelyn Verraszto, Bonnet’s teammate in Nice, went 2:00.67 for third.
David Verraszto completed a perfect sweep of the Golden Tour’s four 400 IM, with his fastest performance of the season, 4:15.26 (is three other winning times were 4:17.00-4:17.91-4:15.99). Verraszto moves up a notch to 15th in the world with that swim. Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches, who trains in Nice, went 4:20.51 for second, ahead of Kevin Wedel of Germany (4:23.40).