A touchpad controversy has taken over the 2016 French Open National Championships, which is also serving as the French Olympic Trials.
Defending Olympic 200 free champion Yannick Agnel looked to have finished second in the men’s 200-meter free behind Jeremy Stravius, but the clock said otherwise as as Agnel was clocked with a 1:46.99 for third behind Stravius (1:46.18) and Jordan Pothain (1:46.81). Video evidence says otherwise, as Agnel can clearly be seen touching second.
There is still a chance for Agnel to wind up on the Olympic squad as even though the top four swimmers all cleared the FINA A cut of 1:47.97, none met the more difficult French Olympic team cut of 1:46.06.
More interesting is the fact that Agnel had a similar problem during prelims as well. The touchpad did not register his finish, and after nearly half-an-hour of deliberation, he was awarded with the third seed.
In other action, Coralie Balmy won the women’s 400-meter free in 4:05.38, off her second-ranked season best of 4:04.39 from the Golden Tour. Femke Heemskerk took second in 4:10.85 with Ophelie-Cyrielle Etienne taking third in 4:11.94.
William Debourges topped the men’s 200-meter breast in 2:12.85. Thibaut Capitaine took second in 2:12.88 with Thomas Dahlia finishing third in 2:13.13.
Fanny Deberghes claimed the women’s 100-meter breast in 1:08.61. Charlotte Bonnet placed second in 1:08.88 with Coralie Dobral earning third in 1:09.43.
Beryl Gastaldello took home the women’s 100-meter back in 1:00.26 with Camille Gheorghiu (1:00.74) and Kelsi Worrell (1:01.39) rounding out the top three.