Metella Hits 100 Fly Worlds Qualifying Mark In Day 5 Prelims of French Nats


  • Tuesday, May 23 – Sunday, May 28, 2017
  • Centre Nautique de Schiltigheim, Strasbourg
  • 50-meter course
  • Prelims at 9:00 AM / Finals at 5:30 PM
  • Televised on beIN SPORTS1 Tue-Fri / beIN SPORTS2 Sat / beIN SPORTS3 Sun
  • FINA Qualifying Standards for 2017 Worlds
  • Meet Central
  • Start Lists
  • Results

The 2017 French Elite Long Course Nationals continued this morning in Strasbourg with day 5 prelims. Swimmers gathered to compete in the men’s 100 fly, 50 back, and 1500 free, while the women competed in the 200 breast and 100 free. The fastest 8 seeds in the men’s 1500 free haven’t swum yet, as they’ll be racing during finals. Read on for highlights from today’s morning session.

Be sure to check out our recaps in French on SwimSwam Francais. You can find today’s prelims recap here.

In the men’s 100 fly, Mehdy Metella set himself up to challenge for his 3rd gold of the meet. In prelims, Metella was already under the French qualifying standard for Worlds in this event, touching in 51.95 to clear the mark of 52.08.

Charlotte Bonnet will take lane 4 again after leading prelims of the 100 free. She should easily earn another Worlds qualification after her smooth 54.71 in prelims. A few other swimmers have the potential to make the Worlds roster in this event, including Margaux Fabre, Beryl Gastaldello, and Anna Santamans. The qualifying standard is a 54.50. Fabre was the 2nd fastest swimmer this morning with a 55.48, followed by Santamans (55.63) and Gastaldello (55.79).

World 100 back co-champions Jérémy Stravius and Camille Lacourt will have their much anticipated battle in the 50 back final. Stravius, who narrowly missed out on qualifying for Worlds in the 100 free, is looking for his first gold of the meet. He was the fastest man through prelims with his 25.03, but Lacourt was narrowly behind in 25.11.

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bobo gigi
3 years ago

Required times for today’s finals
Women’s 800 free. 8.33.73
Men’s 100 fly. 52.08
Men’s 50 back. 24.93
Women’s 200 breast. 2.25.91
Women’s 100 free. 54.50
Chances of qualifications
Women’s 800 free. Nobody
Men’s 100 fly. Metella. He will qualify but has to swim 51.08 to qualify the medley relay. Unlikely to happen.
Men’s 50 back. Veterans Stravius and Lacourt can qualify.
Women’s 200 breast. Nobody
Women’s 100 free. Bonnet (PB of 53.80) and Gastaldello (53.98) will fight for the win and will qualify for worlds. Can they swim close to the national record of 53.49 by Malia Metella? 3.38.35 for the top 4 times combined to qualify the relay. They can do it.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Women’s 800 free. 1. Aurélie Muller in 8.36.65
No qualification

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Men’s 100 fly. 1. Mehdy Metella in 51.36
Very good time but not enough to qualify the medley relay.

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