Viquerat Provides Answer To France’s Breaststroke Hole With OLY Qualification


2 men have added their names to the Olympic roster on the 4th day of racing at the 2021 French Elite Swimming Championships which is serving as the countries final qualification opportunity for Tokyo.

First up, Antoine Viquerat hit a 2:10.21 to nab gold in the men’s 200 breaststroke to skate under the qualifying time of 2:10.35 by only 0.14 seconds. After nobody managed to qualify in the men’s or women’s 100 breaststroke, Viquerat became France’s first Olympic qualifier in the breast since 2012. His 2:10.35 was more than a second quicker than his 2:11.44 heading into the meet.

After Viquerat’s breaststroke breakthrough, Maxime Grousset threw down his second sub-48 100 freestyle of the day and notched a 47.89 in the final to substantially clear the 48.57 qualification time. While Grousset was the only man to get under the auto-qualification standard, it will be up to the selection committee to decide if Florent Manaudou‘s 48.58 in the morning will be enough to get him a spot on the team for the event individually. Manaudou was the second-fastest man at the meet with his prelim swim but scratched the final.

Manaudou is already qualified for the Olympics in the 50 freestyle and will likely be a member of the 4×100 freestyle along with other members of the final including Charles Rihoux (48.81), Clément Mignon (48.89), and Mehdy Metella (48.93).

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

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