Marchand, Duhamel, Lesaffre Become Newest Additions To French Olympic Roster


Day 1 of the 2021 French Elite Swimming Championships featured some solid racing including 3 individual Olympic-qualifying swims.

Leon Marchand opened up the finals session with an incredible 4:09.65 French record in the men’s 400 IM. That swim got Marchand under his own previous national record of 4:14.97 which he swam just a few months ago. The swim was well under the 4:15.84 he needed in order to qualify for the Olympics and he became the first new addition to the roster at the meet.

Next up, Cyrielle Duhamel and Fantine Lesaffre took the women’s 200 IM by storm and pushed each other to qualify for the Games. They needed a 2:12.56 in order to punch their ticket to the Games and both of them did that successfully as Duhamel hit a 2:11.57 for the win and Lesaffre followed with a 2:12.47 for second place.

In the men’s 100 breaststroke Theo Bussiere got the closest to the Olympic qualifying cut of 59.93. Bussiere won the event with a 1:00.25 but as he trailed the standard, likely will not qualify to race the event individually. Considering that France has qualified to swim the men’s 4×100 medley relay in Tokyo, however, Bussiere may be named to the team to swim that relay.

Marchand, Duhamel, and Lesaffre join Florent Manaudou, Marie Wattel, and Melanie Henique on the roster. Those 4 swimmers earned a spot on the team at the 2020 French Winter Championships which serves as the first of 2 qualification meets.

2021 French Olympic Swimming Roster As Of Day 1 (Not Yet Official)

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1 year ago

Anyone have a video of Marchand’s qualifying swim that could be attached here?

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1 year ago
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1 year ago

Thank you for adding this. While reading the original article, I was puzzling how she’d managed to qualify.

1 year ago

Only 5 french swimmers are qualified for Tokyo before the french championships of this week :

  • David AUBRY 800 freestyle
  • Marie WATTEL 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle
  • Mélanie HENIQUE 50 freestyle
  • Florent MANAUDOU 50 freestyle
  • Yohan NDOYE BROUARD 100 ans 200 backstroke

Unfortunately, Beryl GASTALDELLO is not yet qualified !!!
In the first period, there was only one ticket by race.