2022 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR
- Saturday, May 28th & Sunday, May 29th
- Canet 66 Natation, Canet, France
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Central
- Entries – Canet
We’re about to enter the 3rd and final stop of the 2022 Mare Nostrum Tour, which culminates in Canet-en-Roussilon, France. With many of the fields remaining intact from the just-concluded stop in Barcelona, Spain, let’s take a look at the top men’s stories set to unfold beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 28th.
In no particular order.
#1 Men’s 50 Freestyle – Fratus the Hunted
We saw Brazilian Olympic medalist Bruno Fratus take home the gold in the men’s 50m freestyle event over the course of the first two stops of this Mare Nostrum Tour and the 32-year-old shows no signs of stopping en route to this 3rd title.
This Canet stop hosts medal contenders Michael Andrew of the United States, Thom de Boer of the Netherlands, Josh Liendo of Canada and Maxime Grousset of France, among others. We’ll see if Fratus can hold his own against these competitors to once again end up on top at Mare Nostrum- Canet.
#2 Sates vs. Dean in 200 Free
18-year-old Matt Sates of South Africa grabbed 200m free gold ahead of reigning Olympic champion Tom Dean in Barcelona, so now it’s the British swimmer’s turn to take back the gold.
The former University of Georgia Bulldog hit a personal best of 1:45.91, dipping under the 1:46 threshold for the first time in his young career. That claimed the Barcelona meet record over Dean’s prelim swim of 1:46.89 from the morning heats.
Sates will try to improve upon his result now that he’s tasted 1:45 territory, possibly getting even closer to the longstanding South African national record of 1:45.20 Chad Le Clos put on the books in 2016.
#3 World Record Holder Battle in 50 Fly
With both studs in the pool in Barcelona earlier this week, it was 42-year-old Santos who took the gold in the event, posting a time of 23.03 to establish a new meet record. That smoked the 24.03 Govorov logged in the morning heats for 11th before the 30-year-old bowed out of the final.
In the preceding Mare Nostrum stop in Monaco, Santos produced a winning effort of 22.83 in the final round of the skins competition.
#4 Anyone’s Game in 50 Back
American Michael Andrew edged out South Africa’s Pieter Coetze in the Barcelona final of the men’s 50m back, clocking a new Barcelona meet record of 24.64 in the process.
This time around in Canet Andrew will battle Frenchmen Mewen Tomac and Yohann Ndoye-Brouard, in addition to the Japanese maestro Ryosuke Irie the 23-year-old has already raced against.
Andrew’s time from Barcelona hacked .16 off of the 24.80 he notched at the U.S. World Trials, so the Olympian is headed in the right direction in terms of time drops entering this final stop.
#5 Arno Kamminga‘s Reign
With British breaststroking ace Adam Peaty still out of racing commission with a foot injury, all eyes are on Dutchman Arno Kamminga to continue his Mare Nostrum reign.
Already having reaped the 100m/200m breaststroke double both in Monaco and Barcelona, the two-time Olympic silver medalist looks primed to do it again here in Barcelona. That is, as long as he can prevent Andrew, Great Britain’s James Wilby and others from getting to the wall first.