French swimmer Amaury Leveaux is the latest swimmer to scratch the men’s 200 free in order to focus on the 400 free relay, marking the third swimmer we’ve seen make a similar decision this year.
Leaveaux placed 2nd in the event at this year’s French Olympic Trials in 1 :46.72, touching just ahead of teammate Gregory Mallet for the 2nd individual slot. That swim ranked Leveaux 11th in the world this year, and would have made him the 9th seed in London.
With this decision, Mallet and his 1:46.77 will overtake that 9th seed alongside countryman Yannick Agnel, who will be a medal favorite.
This highlights the importance that countries around the world are placing on the men’s 400 free relay this year. In addition to Leveaux’s scratch, we’ve seen Michael Phelps and Russia’s Evgeny Lagunov make the same move, reaffirming their desire to help their respective countries place well in the 400 free relay that comes later in the session.