2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Monday, May 16th – Sunday, May 22nd
- Prelims: 10:00 AM (London Time) / 5:00 AM (Eastern Time)
- Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
- London Aquatics Center, London, UK
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live Stream
As originally reported by Loretta Race:
MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE RELAY – FINAL
- France, 3:13.48
- Italy, 3:14.29
- Belgium, 3:14.30
A pedestrian opening leg by William Meynard was saved by French teammate Florent Manaudou, who took things up a notch with his 2nd leg. Meynard led out with a time of 49.67, well off Italy’s Luca Dotto who clocked a sound 48.03 to get his squad moving.
Manaudou unleashed a 47.64, however, to register the 2nd-fastest split of the entire field to give the Frenchmen a surge to the top of the podium.
Belgian anchor Pieter Timmers scorched a split of 47.37 to put his squad within .01 of a second of silver, settling instead for bronze. All eyes will be on Timmers now, to see if the 28-year-old can crank out a good time in the individual 100m freestyle and prove his contendibility in Rio in that event.