Video: Watch Agnel’s 200 Free Final in Montpellier

If you have been following the coverage of 2016 French Elite National Championships in Montpellier you know that there was a controversy during last night’s final in the men’s 200 freestyle. If not, you can catch up with our articles:

As you can see in the race video below, defending Olympic champion Yannick Agnel of Mulhouse and Jérémy Stravius of Amiens led throughout and were barreling down the last 50. Stravius accelerated and moved ahead to hit the wall in first place, but it appeared that Agnel touched the wall just behind. When the results displayed a few seconds later, however, Jordan Pothain was listed as runner-up ahead of Agnel. The commentators are incredulous and assume it will be corrected in Agnel’s favor.

In the appeals process the referee argued that the video was unofficial and therefore not to be used as evidence, and that after looking over all the data coming from the timing systems they would not overturn the final rankings: 1. Stravius; 2. Pothain; 3. Agnel.

Natation – la confusion au finish de Yannick… by BuzzVid

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What the what

That is absurd. Shame on the Frenchies for not making the right call on this.


He touched first, I am convinced now. Unbelievable.


Having watched the video, Stravius was first, but Agnel was nearer him than Pothain near Agnel.

Roughly: Stravius 1.46.18, Agnel 1.46.40 (because he finished much slower than Stravius and also Pothain), Pothain 1.46.81.


Is Pothain related to the touch pad engineer or something?

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