Day 3 Finals Stay Recap



The third night time of motion from the 2023 French Elite Championships guarantees to be one other thrilling one, with a few of France’s prime names set to compete.

Highlighting the lineup is Leon Marchand, who has an opportunity to go three-for-three individually tonight within the males’s 200 fly, having gained the 200 breast and 200 free over the primary two days.

Marchand, the 2022 World Championship silver medalist within the 200 fly, certified second into the ultimate this morning in 1:59.17, trailing Turkey’s Noyan Taylan (1:58.75).

Probably the most notable swim of the prelim session got here from Florent Manaudou, who blasted his quickest 100 free time since 2016 from the primary warmth (entered with no time) in 48.12, although he’s sitting out of the ultimate after having gone quick sufficient to probably a safe a spot on France’s 400 free relay.

Main the cost within the males’s 100 free tonight will probably be Maxime Grousset, the 2022 World Championship silver medalist within the occasion who was the one different swimmer sub-49 this morning in 48.44.

The 50 free will probably be a marquee matchup on the ladies’s facet, with Melanie Henique (24.94), Marie Wattel (25.19) and Beryl Gastaldello (25.30) occupying the three center lanes tonight.


  • French Report: 1:53.37, Leon Marchand – 2022
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 1:56.36
  1. Leon Marchand, 1:55.79
  2. Noyan Taylan, 1:56.52
  3. Jeremy Desplanches, 2:00.47
  4. Tom Remy, 2:00.63
  5. Paul Annocque, 2:01.07
  6. H.D. Passani, 2:02.40
  7. Alex Portal, 2:03.30
  8. Matheo Louis, 2:04.35

Leon Marchand soared to victory within the males’s 200 fly ultimate to kick off the third night time of motion from Rennes, incomes his third straight win in a time of 1:55.79.

Marchand executed a powerful center 100, splitting 29.04/29.87, earlier than tightening up a bit down the stretch with closing 50 of 30.81, nonetheless getting nicely underneath the World Championship qualifying time of 1:56.36.

Marchand set the French Report of 1:53.37 final summer time on the World Championships, profitable silver, and had been barely sooner (1:55.58) earlier this season on the Westmont Professional Swim in April.

Noyan Taylan made up floor on Marchand over the closing 50, splitting 30.01 coming house to the touch in 1:56.52, obliterating his Turkish Report of 1:58.34 set in March.

Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches rounded out the rostrum in 2:00.47, holding off France’s Tom Remy (2:00.63).


  • French Report: 27.27, Analia Pigree – 2022
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 27.72
  1. Analia Pigree, 27.61
  2. Mary-Ambre Moluh, 27.69
  3. Pauline Mahieu, 28.09
  4. Nina Kost, 28.97
  5. Bertille Cousson, 29.22
  6. Eleane Donval, 29.56
  7. Aela Janvier, 29.81
  8. Emma Morel, 29.83

Analia Pigree edged out Mary-Ambre Moluh for the win within the girls’s 50 backstroke with each swimmers incomes World Championship qualification.

Pigree, the French Report holder at 27.27, touched in 27.61 to dip underneath her season-best of 27.65 set in March, sliding her up one spot into eighth on this planet this season.

Moluh, 17, clocked 27.69 to narrowly miss her private better of 27.63 set final yr, sneaking underneath the Worlds qualifying time of 27.72.

Pauline Mahieu was third in 28.09, simply shy of her PB of 28.06. She certified for Fukuoka earlier within the meet within the 100 again, as did Pigree.


  • French Report: 46.94, Frederick Bousquet – 2009
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 48.51
  1. Maxime Grousset, 47.62
  2. Guillaume Guth, 48.90
  3. Max Berg, 49.02
  4. Hadrien Salvan, 49.10
  5. Wissam-Amazigh Yebba, 49.21
  6. Nans Mazellier, 49.22
  7. Yann Le Goff, 49.34
  8. Charles Rihoux, 49.38

Maxime Grousset was proper on career-best type within the males’s 100 free, rocketing to a decisive victory in a time of 47.62, simply one-tenth shy of his lifetime finest.

Grousset, 24, owns a PB of 47.52 from the Tokyo Olympics, and went 47.54 within the World Championship semis final yr earlier than profitable silver in 47.64. Tonight’s swim marks his third-fastest swim ever, and likewise strikes him into third within the 2022-23 world rankings.

2 David
ROU 47.61 04/08
3 Maxime
FRA 47.62 06/13
4 Kyle
AUS 47.69 05/13
5 Matthew
GBR 47.72 04/06

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Grousset has seemingly mastered the artwork of splitting sub-23 on the opening 50 and sub-25 coming house, as he was 22.88/24.74 tonight, and has now been 22/24 in some capability in his 5 quickest swims.

The reigning World Championship silver medalist was the one swimmer underneath the Fukuoka qualifying time of 48.51, as Guillaume Guth claimed the runner-up spot in 48.90, undercutting his earlier better of 49.14 from December 2021.

College of Kentucky swimmer Max Berg additionally set a brand new PB to take third in 49.02, whereas 200 free runner-up Hadrien Salvan rounded out the highest 4 in 49.10. Salvan has been as quick as 48.51, accomplished final yr.


  • French Report: 58.64, Hughes Duboscq – 2009
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 59.75
  1. Denis Petrashov, 1:00.33
  2. Clement Bidard, 1:00.65
  3. Antoine Viquerat, 1:00.85
  4. Carl Aitkaci, 1:01.03
  5. Antoine Marc / Lucien Vergnes, 1:01.51
  6. Brendan Fitzpatrick, 1:01.54
  7. Melaine Laine, 1:02.33

Kyrgyzstan native Denis Petrashov got here away with the win within the ultimate of the lads’s 100 breast, placing collectively a well-rounded swim to the touch in 1:00.33, three-tenths shy of his Nationwide Report set in April on the Westmont Professional Swim (1:00.03).

The highest French finisher was Clement Bidard, who turns 22 in 5 days, as he bought to the wall in 1:00.65, a brand new PB after he cracked 1:01 for the primary time this morning.

Antoine Viquerat, who swam the breast leg for France within the 400 medley relay on the World Championships final yr, was third in 1:00.85, whereas Carl Aitkaci, who swam the 100 breast individually in Budapest, led the race early however light to fourth in 1:01.03.

The Frenchmen fell nicely shy of the 59.75 qualifying time for Worlds, but when a swimmer is to be added to the group for relay functions, will probably be Bidard.


  • French Report: 24.34, Melanie Henique – 2020
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 24.82
  1. Melanie Henique, 24.70
  2. Marie Wattel, 24.73
  3. Beryl Gastaldello, 24.83
  4. Anna Santamans, 25.04
  5. Lison Nowaczyk, 25.40
  6. Nina Kost, 25.60
  7. Albane Cachot, 25.61
  8. Eloise Riley, 25.90

Melanie Henique recorded her quickest 50 free in two years to assert the French title in a razor-thin three-way battle to qualify for the World Championships.

Henique, the French Nationwide Report holder and Tokyo Olympic semi-finalist within the occasion, clocked 24.70 to edge out Marie Wattel (24.73) for the victory, with each swimmers underneath the qualifying time of 24.82.

The 30-year-old Henique solely raced the 50 fly on the World Championships final summer time, profitable silver.

Wattel produced the second-fastest swim of her profession to ebook her ticket to a second occasion in Fukuoka, having certified within the 100 fly on Day 1. The 26-year-old went 24.54 in June 2021, and completed twelfth within the 50 free on the 2022 World Championships.

Narrowly lacking out on a spot was Beryl Gastaldello, who took third in 24.83, .01 underneath her earlier season-best set on the Canet leg of the Mare Nostrum Tour in Could.


  • French Report: 7:42.08, David Aubry – 2019
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 7:53.11
  1. Damien Joly, 7:49.41
  2. Marc-Antoine Olivier, 7:50.23
  3. Pacome Bricout, 7:50.29
  4. Joris Bouchaut, 7:51.19
  5. David Aubry, 7:51.41
  6. Logan Fontaine, 7:51.92
  7. Sacha Velly, 7:53.91
  8. Tommy-Lee Camblong, 8:01.21

Damien Joly put his veteran expertise to good use within the quickest warmth of the lads’s 800 freestyle, because the 31-year-old bided his time earlier than making a late push to choose up the victory in 7:49.41.

Joly’s time is just below two seconds shy of his private finest of seven:47.46, set finally summer time’s Worlds the place he was seventh, and qualifies him for Fukuoka as he was three and a half seconds underneath the lower of seven:53.11.

Marc-Antoine Olivier, who was just lately suspended by the French Federation for 3 months, was one in every of three swimmers that charged house underneath 28 seconds on the closing 50, touching second in 7:50.23 forward of Pacome Bricout (7:50.29).

Olivier’s time undercuts his earlier finest of seven:50.36 from 2021 and qualifies him for Worlds within the pool, although his standing stays to be seen. He had beforehand certified in open water, however the suspension made him ineligible for Fukuoka. He has appealed the suspension and has mentioned he’ll present an replace on the finish of the championships.

Bricout will probably be a reputation to observe sooner or later, because the 18-year-old clocked 7:50.29 to set a brand new French Age Report. His earlier finest stood at 7:56.78, set in March, and he might probably be on the World Championships if Olivier’s suspension isn’t overturned.

Bricout broke the earlier document for 18-year-olds of seven:53.59, set by Tommy-Lee Camblong in 2019. Bricout notably set the 1500 age document earlier this yr in 15:08.01.

Joris Bouchaut had the quickest closing 50 within the discipline at 27.36, nevertheless it was too little too late as he ended up fourth in 7:51.19, having set a PB of seven:50.69 on the 2022 European Championships.

Logan Fontaine, who has already certified for Worlds after profitable the 400 free, made a little bit of an early transfer and held the lead by the 600-meter mark, however had no gasoline coming house and ended up fifth within the warmth in 7:51.92.

French Report holder David Aubry logged 7:51.41 from one of many early heats, which ended up ending fifth.


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