Metella, Bonnet Lead France To New Meet Record In Mixed 400 Free Relay


The French quartet of Jérémy StraviusMehdy MetellaMarie Wattel and Charlotte Bonnet broke the European Championship Record en route to a big win in the final of the mixed 400 free relay in Glasgow.

The team put up a time of 3:22.07, taking out the Netherlands’ 2016 record of 3:23.64 and coming within less than three-tenths of the Dutch European Record (3:21.81) set at the 2017 World Championships.

Stravius had the 2nd-fastest lead-off in the field at 48.81, and Metella (47.45) had the 2nd-fastest male split to narrow the Russian lead to just over a tenth of a second. Wattel threw down a 53.47 split on the third leg, the 4th fastest among females to give France the lead, and then Bonnet closed things out with the top women’s split in 52.34.

The Netherlands had the 2nd and 3rd fastest female legs from Femke Heemskerk (52.62) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.21), but were still out-split by France on the back-half 1:45.81 to 1:45.83. They took silver in 3:23.97, and the Russians managed to hold off Italy for bronze in 3:24.50.

Only Kliment Kolesnikov (48.45) of Russia was quicker on the lead-off than Stravius, and Alessandro Miressi (47.38) of Italy was the only man to out-split Metella on the second leg.

France’s previous National Record in this event was a 3:25.49 from the 2016 European Championships in London where they won bronze.

Split Comparison

Netherlands, 2016 Euros France, 2018 Euros
Sebastiaan Verschuren – 48.64 Jérémy Stravius – 48.81
Ben Schwietert – 49.03 Mehdy Metella – 47.45
Maud van der Meer – 53.70 Marie Wattel – 53.47
Ranomi Kromowidjojo – 52.27 Charlotte Bonnet – 52.34
3:23.64 3:22.07

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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