Day 5 Finals Reside Recap



The penultimate evening from the French Elite Championships in Rennes shall be quick and candy—simply 5 finals on the slate, although a few of France’s finest shall be in motion.

Leon Marchand headlines the session as soon as once more as he takes on the 400 IM, the occasion wherein he stunningly took a run at Michael Phelps‘ 2008 world file ultimately summer season’s World Championships, producing the second-fastest time in historical past at 4:04.28.

Marchand had an unimaginable efficiency within the 200 breaststroke early within the meet, smashing the French File in 2:06.59, after which after a robust displaying within the 200 free, has performed sufficient to win simply and qualify for Worlds within the 200 fly and 200 IM, however nowhere close to his finest occasions.

On condition that, anticipating him to problem his 4:04 mark from Budapest tonight appears a bit far-fetched—particularly with coach Bob Bowman saying he hasn’t shaved and is “50 % ready”—however he’ll seemingly be looking down his world-leading 4:07.80 from April.

One other must-see occasion tonight is the lads’s 50 free, with 32-year-old Florent Manaudou having put up his quickest time because the Tokyo Olympics within the prelims at 21.56, touchdown him the highest spot on the planet rankings this season.

Manaudou, who additionally had a scorching swim within the 100 free prelims (48.12) earlier than scratching the ultimate, shall be joined within the remaining by Maxime Grousset, who was the World Championship bronze medalist final 12 months and owns a finest time of 21.57.

One other reigning Worlds medalist to observe tonight shall be Melanie Henique, the silver medalist final summer season within the girls’s 50 fly who took the highest seed by greater than a second this morning in 25.68.

Emma Terebo set a brand new finest of two:09.49 this morning within the 200 again, placing her in place to qualify for Fukuoka, whereas Russian native Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, who just lately attained French citizenship, headlines the ladies’s 800 free to shut out the evening.


  • French File: 2:06.64, Laure Manaudou – 2008
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 2:11.04
  1. Emma Terebo, 2:09.35
  2. Pauline Mahieu, 2:11.09
  3. Bertille Cousson, 2:11.21
  4. Aela Janvier, 2:13.14
  5. Nina Kost, 2:14.12
  6. Manon Domingeon, 2:14.46
  7. Anais Podevin, 2:14.92
  8. Lou-Anne Gution, 2:15.72

Emma Terebo led from the get-go en path to profitable the ladies’s 200 backstroke decisively in a time of two:09.35, her second consecutive PB within the occasion.

Terebo, 24, got here into the meet with a finest time of two:11.16, and bought right down to 2:09.49 within the prelims earlier than chopping off 14 extra hundredths within the remaining.

She qualifies for the World Championships for the second straight 12 months, having positioned fifth within the 100 again and twelfth within the 200 again final summer season in Budapest.

Terebo now ranks fifteenth on the planet this season and is tied for third-fastest ever amongst French girls.

Pauline Mahieu was up with Terebo via the primary 100 and managed to carry off Bertille Cousson down the stretch to take second in 2:11.09, falling 5 one-hundredths in need of the World Championship qualifying time.

Mahieu swam a private finest of two:10.41 in March.

Cousson was third in 2:11.21, reducing her finest time of two:11.52 from 2021, whereas Canadian Aela Janvier took fourth in 2:13.14.


  • French File: 4:04.28, Leon Marchand – 2022
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 4:13.76
  1. Leon Marchand, 4:10.57
  2. Emilien Mattenet, 4:16.28
  3. Antoine Marc, 4:21.56
  4. Jaouad Syoud, 4:21.89
  5. Tomy Remy, 4:22.37
  6. Leo Gruart, 4:28.41
  7. Jacques Saletes, 4:29.21
  8. Jules Duthu, 4:34.08

Leon Marchand was in full management of the lads’s 400 IM remaining, cruising to a close to six-second victory in a time of 4:10.57.

Marchand’s time falls properly in need of his season-best of 4:07.80 set on the Westmont Professional Swim in April, however does give him 5 straight wins on the championships and qualifies him for Worlds in his main occasion.

In comparison with his splits from April, the 21-year-old world champion had near-identical splits on fly and free, however was one second off on again and a couple of and a half on breast.

Cut up Comparability

Marchand, 2023 PSS Westmont Marchand, 2023 French Championships
56.46 56.54
1:03.46 1:04.48
1:08.53 1:10.18
59.35 59.37
4:07.80 4:10.57

Tonight’s efficiency stands up because the seventh-fastest of Marchand’s profession, trailing what he went on the 2021 Olympic Trials two years in the past to the day (4:09.65).

Emilien Mattenet was locked into second for everything of the race, placing up the sphere’s quickest freestyle break up (58.79) to complete because the runner-up in 4:16.28, simply shy of his lifetime finest 4:15.69 set in December 2021.

Antoine Marc rounded out the rostrum in 4:21.56, operating down Algerian Jaouad Syoud (4:21.89) on the final 50.


  • French File: 25.17, Melanie Henique – 2021
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 25.75
  1. Melanie Henique, 25.24
  2. Marie Wattel, 26.07
  3. Analia Pigree, 26.86
  4. Emma Morel, 26.92
  5. Mary-Ambre Moluh, 26.93
  6. Maty Ndoye-Brouard, 26.98
  7. Lili-Rose Berthelot, 27.14
  8. Oumy Diop, 27.59

Melanie Henique blasted her technique to a monstrous victory within the girls’s 50 fly, tying the second-fastest swim of her profession in 25.24 so as to add one other occasion to her World Championship lineup.

Henique, the 2022 World Championship silver medalist within the occasion, jumps as much as second on the planet rankings along with her efficiency, coming inside seven one-hundredths of her French File (25.17) set in 2021.

2 Melanie
FRA 25.24 06/15
3 Arina
RUS 25.30 04/19
4 Zhang
CHN 25.32 03/24
5 Rikako
JPN 25.59 04/08

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Solely 4 girls in historical past have ever been sooner than Henique’s time from tonight (not together with herself): Sarah Sjostrom (24.43), Therese Alshammar (25.07), Rikako Ikee (25.11) and Francesca Halsall (25.20).

Inserting second was 100 free and 100 fly champion Marie Wattel, who clocked 26.07 to sneak into the highest 25 on the planet this season.

Wattel owns a private better of 25.33 from the 2022 European Championships the place she gained silver behind Sjostrom.

Backstroke specialist Analia Pigree rounded out the rostrum in third at 26.86, narrowly lacking her PB of 26.68 as she out-touched Emma MorelMary-Ambre Moluh and Maty Ndoye-Brouard.


  • French File: 20.94, Frederick Bousquet – 2009
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 22.07
  1. Florent Manaudou, 21.62
  2. Maxime Grousset, 21.78
  3. Mikel Schreuders, 22.04
  4. Guillaume Guth, 22.32
  5. Pierre Lebois, 22.33
  6. Nikita Baez, 22.41
  7. Charles Rihoux, 22.47
  8. Thomas Piron, 22.82


  • French File: 8:18.80, Laure Manaudou – 2006
  • French Qualifying Time for Fukuoka: 8:29.24


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