Pothain, Atsu, Bonnet Join French OLY Roster, Marchand Adds 200 Fly To Lineup


2 new men added their names to the 2021 French Olympic squad in the men’s 200 freestyle in the form of Jordan Pothain and Jonathan Atsu. Pothain won the French title here with a 1:46.93 which was just 0.04 seconds ahead of Atsu’s 1:46.97 for silver.

Both of those swims were under the 1:47.02 qualifying time they needed, securing their spots on the team. It will be the first time that either of them swims an individual event as Atsu hasn’t yet made the trip to the Olympics while Pothain raced in Rio in 2016 as a member of the 4×200 freestyle relay.

In the men’s 200 fly, Leon Marchand notch a second Olympic-qualifying swim with his 1:55.40 national title-winning performance. That swim was a new PB for him, getting under the 1:56.33 he swam earlier this year as well as the 1:56.48 he needed. That marks his second Olympic-qualifying time of the meet, adding to his earlier performance in the 400 IM.

The fourth swimmer to record a time good enough for a spot on the Olympic roster was Charlotte Bonnet. Bonnet added her name to the team in the women’s 200 freestyle with a 1:56.67 which was quicker than the 1:57.28 she needed.

With the addition of Pothain, Atsu, and Bonnet, the French Olympic roster for Tokyo is now likely contains 12 swimmers racing individually and 13 considering Theo Bussiere who will race the breaststroke leg of the men’s 4×100 medley.

Presumptive 2021 French Olympic Roster Through Day 3 (Subject To Change)

  • Florent Manaudou – 50 freestyle
  • Yohann Ndoye Brouard – 100 / 200 backstroke
  • David Aubry – 800 freestyle
  • Marie Wattel – 100 freestyle / 100 butterfly
  • Melanie Henique – 50 freestyle
  • Leon Marchand – 400 IM / 200 butterfly
  • Fantine Lesaffre – 200 IM
  • Cyrielle Duhamel – 200 IM
  • Theo Bussiere – 100 breaststroke (medley relay leg)
  • Mewen Tomac – 100 backstroke
  • Jordan Pothain – 200 freestyle
  • Jonathan Atsu – 200 freestyle
  • Charlotte Bonnet – 200 freestyle

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