James Guy’s 1:48.0 200 Free Among Highlights on Day 3 of Golden Tour Nice

2018 FFN Golden Tour Camille Muffat – Nice

  • Friday, February 2 – Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Prelims 8:30am GMT+1 (2:30am EST/11:30pm PST); finals 5pm on Friday (11am EST/8am PST), 4:30pm on Saturday (10:30am EST/7:30am PST), and 3:30pm on Sunday (9:30am EST/6:30am PST)
  • Piscine Jean Bouin, Nice
  • 50m
  • Brochure
  • Psych sheet
  • Live results

The “Meeting International de Nice FFN Golden Tour Camille Muffat” wrapped up on Sunday with good performances from a few of the Nice athletes in front of their home crowd. doubled again, winning both the 100 free and 100 fly. She had swum the 400 free in Charlotte Bonnet prelims, in a somewhat unremarkable 4:16.32, but scratched out of the final to concentrate on the shorter races on Sunday afternoon. Her 100 free win came with another world top-10 time of 53.87, just .15 off her season-best time of 53.72 from Geneva last month. Between those two swims are 53.7s from Margo Geer, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Bronte Campbell, and Shayna Jack. Penny Oleksiak and Emma McKeon have also been under 54 already this season. Bonnet won the 100 fly in 59.81, a PB by 3/10 and her first sub-minute performance. Bonnet’s teammate Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland won the men’s 100 fly, pulling off a mild upset over Marseille’s Mehdy Metella, 53.82 to 53.93. It was nevertheless a good performance from Metella, who is competing in his first meet after having been out several months with a very bad ankle sprain. He had a full weekend, swimming in the 50 free (?), 100 free (2nd), 200 free (7th in prelims), 50 fly (1st), and 100 fly.

Team Britain continued to dominate the distance freestyle, with Jaz Carlin of Wales (4:13.86) and James Guy of Bath (1:48.03) notching victories in the 400 free and 200 free, respectively. Guy’s 200 ties for 7th in the world, only .06 off his season best from the Euro-Meet in Luxembourg last week. Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis completed his sweep of the breaststroke events, winning the 100 in 1:00.72, well over a second in front of Théo Bussière (1:01.95) and GBR’s David Murphy (1:02.13).

French swimmers populated all the steps of the podium in the women’s 100 breast and 200 back. Fanny Deberghes added to her collection of breaststroke golds, which already comprised the 50 and the 200, with a 1:10.58 win in the 100 breast. Camille Dauba just touched out Solène Gallego for second, 1:11.78 to 1:11.79. After finishing second in the 100 back and fourth in the 50 back, Camille Gheorghiu won the 200 back in 2:14.22. Behind her were Mathilde Cini (2:15.69) and Fantine Lesaffre (2:16.44). Lesaffre had also touched second behind Carlin in the 400 free with 4:16.58.

Paul-Gabriel Bedel (2:03.31) out-touched Hungary’s David Verraszto by 2/100 to win the 200 back, adding to his 100 back title from Saturday. Verraszto won this event last year in 2:02.42 ahead of France’s Christophe Brun; Brun touched third this year in 2:03.73. Algeria’s Oussama Sahnoune, who trains in Marseille, won the 50 free with 22.69. Amiens teammates Maxime Grousset (22.71) and Jérémy Stravius (22.80) finished second and third.

Sunday Finals

Saturday Finals

  • Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle – Mohamed-Aziz Ghaffari (TUN) 3:53.15
  • Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle – Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) 1:57.28
  • Men’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Giedrius Titenis (LTU) 2:13.56
  • Women’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Fanny Deberghes (FRA) 2:29.95
  • Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Paul-Gabriel Bedel (FRA) 56.38
  • Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Mathilde Cini (FRA) 1:01.85
  • Men’s 200 Meter Butterfly – James Guy (GBR) 1:57.46
  • Women’s 200 Meter Butterfly – Lara Grangeon (FRA) 2:11.83
  • Men’s 200 Meter IM – David Verraszto (HUN) 2:01.51
  • Women’s 200 Meter IM – Fantine Lesaffre (FRA) 2:16.38
  • Men’s 100 Meter Freestyle – Jérémy Stravius (FRA) 49.60
  • Women’s 50 Meter Freestyle – Charlotte Bonnet 25.85

Friday Finals

  • Women’s 1500 Meter Freestyle –Lara Grangeon (FRA) 16:49.22
  • Men’s 800 Meter Freestyle – Damien Joly (FRA) 8:05.85
  • Women’s 800 Meter Freestyle – Jaz Carlin (GBR) 8:45.77
  • Men’s 1500 Meter Freestyle – Damien Joly (FRA) 15:19.88
  • Women’s 400 Meter IM – Fantine Lesaffre (FRA) 4:43.32
  • Men’s 400 Meter IM – David Verraszto (HUN) 4:14.48
  • Women’s 50 Meter Backstroke – Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) 29.08
  • Men’s 50 Meter Backstroke – Jérémy Stravius (FRA) 25.41
  • Women’s 50 Meter Breaststroke – Fanny Deberghes (FRA) 32.20
  • Men’s 50 Meter Breaststroke – Giedrius Titenis (LTU) 28.04
  • Women’s 50 Meter Butterfly – Mélanie Henique (FRA) 26.57
  • Men’s 50 Meter Butterfly – Mehdy Metella (FRA) 24.22

Prize Money

Nice stage

  • 1st – gold medal and 400 €
  • 2nd – silver medal and 200 €
  • 3rd – bronze medal and 150 €

General rankings

The top 5 women and top 5 men, based on points, after 3 stages of the Golden Tour will earn a total combined purse of 30,000 €. Points will be awarded as follows: 1st in event = 5 points, 2nd in event = 3 points, 3rd in event = 1 point. The Golden Tour bonus prize money will be allocated:

  • 7000 € – 1st in total points
  • 3500 € – 2nd in total points
  • 2000 € – 3rd in total points
  • 1500 € – 4th in total points
  • 1000 € – 5th in total points


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What happened to James Guy in the 100 fly final? 8th with 56.08, 2 seconds slower than his prelim time.


He swom the 100 fly 10 minutes after the 200 free.
It probably hurts like hell.

James Guy

Did the 200 free, walked round and did 4 lengths in the Baby pool, which was 12.5 metres long, went back round for the 100 fly. They were only 7mins apart. Fair to say I was dead

bobo gigi

The real James Guy?


I think so. If any article about himself, James tends to comment. But who knows who is behind a nick name these days.


I always thought it would be cool if SwimSwam could “certify” some of the elite swimmers that comment on here (like Mr. Berkoff and Mr. Guy) so we could be sure (not that I’m necessarily saying they aren’t who they say they are, but it is the Internet). It would be awesome to have them as unmistakable authorities in the comment section.

N P – while we don’t have a formal process for this, but any time we recognize a name in the comment section of a well-known swimmer or coach, we make sure we can validate it, or else we remove it.


Ah, that’s wonderful, thank you! Good to know!


I would be keen to know if PVDH who regularly posts here is the real PVDH.

As far as I know, it is not.


No. Just a huge fan


Think so. Look, he spelled metres right…


thanks to grace us with your Presence James . Really appreciated .


Would be great if the champions (like Guy did, bravo!) would share some thoughts with us, simple fans, particularly in-season when different stages in training lead to different results.


The day swimmers share their work routines with fans something will have changed in swimming, unfortunately closed into himself.


What a stupid and dangerous idea for active swimmer to go to the comment section to discuss his/her own (and God forbid, somebody else’s) performance with the anonymous “simple fans”. Whoever are in the position (parents, coaches etc.) should strongly ban such an activity. Even reading these comments are harmful not to mention the involvement into discussion.


Obviously I didn’t refer to all comments and every “simple fan”…,
neither starting useless discussion with someone in particular..,
just share some news, like James Guy did in a few words.
But, like often happened, I respect your different opinion.

Coach John

Yozhik…. stop…. breathe… move on


Yes, Sir. But honestly speaking, if you are indeed a coach, would you encourage your swimmers to read how good or how bad they are from some unverified sources? It can kill their confidence or vice versa can give them some wrong idea of how things are going on. It can effect their training process and target setting. Honestly, would you do that? You as a coach should be the only authority and judge and mentor.


I am a coach and I would encourage my athletes to think critically about any Infornation they find online (be it training related, news related, Justin Bieber related). I actually encourage them to check out the Cody Miller and Michael Andrew blogs. I coach a group of paraswimmer (among other groups) and they are somewhat socially delayed in some respects and big o line and explore noting the world of swimming opens doors for them.
So tyou à newer your questiOn, yeh, I would.


Sounds like it’s only harming you?


I have no way to know what sounds or voices you are hearing. I believe that this topic is important and swimmers especially unprepared young ones have to be protected from all type of BS that they can run into on anonymous blogs.
For example: “Hey, Mr. Gay, are you not old enough to understand that it is too much for you. Try something lighter next time in order not to disappoint you fans with such below description performance.”
But all this stuff has to be in separate thread if Swimswam.com finds it important discussion.

Coach John

– protected
+ educated and guided

you sound like a helicopter parent with your rhetoric


Take a lap dude

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