Muffat and Meilutyte post world’s bests in Monaco

On the second night of the Mare Nostrum competition in Monaco Olympic champion Camille Muffat dominated the field in the 400 freestyle winning the event in a meet record and world’s best time of 4:02.84. That is a season’s best for Muffat who had posted a time of 4:04.16 at the French Nationals in April and betters Bronte Barratt‘s top ranked time of 4:03.52, which was also swum in April.

Jazmin Carlin finished second in a time of 4:06.67 followed Lotte Friis who recorded a time of 4:07.60.

After breaking the European record in the 100 breaststroke yesterday swimming a 1:05.20 Ruta Meilutyte returned to the pool for the second evening of finals and posted a world’s best in the 50 breaststroke swimming a time of 30.11. Meilutyte’s time is only two one-hundredths of a second off of Yuliya Yefimova‘s European record time of 30.09 and is a season’s best by almost half a second.

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Valentina Artemyeva qualified for the final 50 showdown with Meilutyte posting a time a time of 31.20.

All the head to head match ups are now set for the fourth round of 50s:

After only 59 one-hundreths of a second separated Daiya Seto and Laszlo Cseh in the 200 IM it looked like the 400 IM may be another great race between the two, but that was not so. Seto, who two weeks ago posted a 4:10.90 at Japanese nationals dominated the race breaking the meet record in a time of 4:13.09.

Cseh finished second in a time of 4:17.37 a season’s best and Michael Meyer who recorded a time of 4:21.50 to finish third.

Chad le Clos took the men’s 100 butterfly in a time of 52.11. He was followed by Steffen Deibler who posted a time of 52.72.

The race for third was as tight as it gets with Nikita Konovalov beating Bence Pulai by one one-hundredth of a second. Konovalov swam a 53.17 while Pulai recorded a 53.18.

Katinka Hosszu won the women’s 200 butterfly in a season’s best time of 2:09.94. Hosszu recorded her previous season’s best of 2:10.24 at the Arena Grand Prix in April.KatinkaHosszu400IMTitlePeaceSign

Jemma Lowe finished second posting a time of 2:11.05 followed by Martina Van Berkel who recorded a 2:12.22 to finish third.

The men’s 200 back was another blow out swim with Peter Bernek winning the event by over three seconds. Bernek posted a 1:57.77 to take the event followed by Eric Ress who recorded a time of 2:00.95 for second while Benjamin Stasiulis finished third in a time of 2:02.62.

Simona Baumrtova won the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.59 36 one-hundredths of a second ahead of Georgia Davies who recorded a time of 1:00.95. Elizabeth Simmonds finished third in a time of 1:01.76.

Vyacheslav Sinkevich took the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:01.25 followed by Kirill Strelnikov who posted a time of 1:01.91. Damir Dugonjic finished third in a time of 1:01.98.

Irina Novikova won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:26.74 she was followed Xiang Li who recorded a time of 2:29.23 and Anna Belousova who finished in a time of 2:30.53.

Jeremy Stravius took the men’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:46.88 beating Myles Brown, the winner of the 400 freestyle, by almost a full two seconds. Brown finished in a time of 1:48.83 followed by Chad le Clos who posted a time of 1:50.29 in his third event of the event of the evening.Jeremy Stravius 200 IM Thanking Crowd

The women’s 100 freestyle was a great race between Britta Steffen, Sarah Sjoestroem and Camille Muffat. Steffen was the class of the field winning the event in a time of 54.05 followed by Sjoestroem who posted a 54.15 while Muffat finished third in a time of 54.54.

Katinka Hosszu won her second event of the evening taking the 200 IM in a time of 2:11.52. Her time was a season’s best by over a second having recorded a 2:12.68 at the Arena Grand Prix in April.

She was followed by Evelyn Verraszto who posted a time of 2:12.99 while Victoria Andreeva finished third in a time of 2:13.70.

In the 50 head to head show downs the results were as follows:

Men’s 50 butterfly

Roland Schoeman defeated Steffen Deibler posting a 23.24 while Deibler finished in a time of 23.69.

Men’s 50 breaststroke

Damir Dugonjic defeated  Hendrik Feldwehr winning in a new meet record time of 27.49 Feldwehr finished in a time of 27.90.

Women’s 50 breaststroke

Ruta Meilutyte defeated Valentina Artemyeva winning in a time of 30.19 while Artemyeva recorded a time of 31.01.

Men’s 50 freestyle

Andrey Grechin took the 50 freestyle in a time 22.05 beating Shinri Shioura who recorded a 22.14.

Women’s 50 freestyle

Ranomi Kromowidjojo defeated Sarah Sjoestroem winning the event in a time of 24.52 Sjoestroem finished in a time of 24.84.

Women’s 50 butterfly

Jeanette Ottesen Gray dominated the 50 butterfly winning in a time of 25.69. Melanie Henique finished second in a time of 26.68.

Men’s 50 backstroke 

Jeremy Stravius won the 50 backstroke in a new meet record time of 24.61 followed Vitaly Borisov who finished in a time of 25.56.

Women’s 50 backstroke 

Aya Terakawa defeated Mercedes Peris Minguet winning the event in a meet record time of 27.53. Peris Minguet finished in a time of 28.04.


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Love the elimination 50’s, more swim meets should be like this 🙂

bobo gigi

If you are from Denmark, I take this opportunity to say I regret that Mie Nielsen, your young star in the making, is out for the year because of knee problems. I talk about that here because I haven’t read this bad news on swimswam. It’s very unfortunate for her and for Denmark. I think they could have surprised in the medley relay with her on backstroke, Rikke Möller Pedersen on breaststroke, Jeanette Ottesen Gray on butterfly and Pernille Blume on freestyle. Bad luck.


Thanks Bobo, it was quite a disappointment in Denmark, but probably the best decision for her long term future. It’s a shame for sure as I was very much looking forward to seeing what Mie could do in Barcelona, but better that she gets herself healthy rather than take risks for the sake of an outside medal shot in a relay.

Looking forward to seeing her competing again on home soil in Herning for the Euro SCs in December.

bobo gigi

Good job Camille! She wanted the best time of the year and she has it! I know she always swims fast in-season but 4.02.84 is very promising. I think she’s able to swim again 4.01 in Barcelona. And at this level, I only see Katie Ledecky this year to play with her.

bobo gigi

News from Roland Garros where Yannick Agnel was for the men’s final. He goes next Tuesday to Baltimore to train with Bob Bowman until end June. He trains for 3 weeks with his first coach following the training plans of Bob Bowman.

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