Florent Manaudou posted a top-ranked time of 21.42 in the men’s 50-meter free at the 2016 French Open Championships.
That means the defending Olympic champion in the event will go to the 2016 Rio Olympics for France in the event. ¬†Defending Olympic champions have not been having a great time of it so far during the Trials process with Yannick Agnel and Ye Shiwen two of the most notable misses.
Fred Bousquet finished second in 22.09 to move up to eighth in the world, while Clement Mignon took third in 22.22.
Jeremy Stravius clinched another European Championships¬†swim with a 51.66 in the men’s 100-meter fly at the 2016 French Open Championships.
That swim shot him to third in the world behind only Konrad Czerniak (51.31) and Laszlo Cseh (51.40). ¬†Stravius already won the 100 free (47.97) and 200 free (1:46.18) earlier this week.
Mehdy Metella¬†claimed a spot on the European Championships¬†roster in the event, according to the FFN, with a second-place 51.84. ¬†That swim put him fourth in the world behind Stravius. ¬†Michael Phelps (51.94) and Li Zhuhao (51.97) are the only other swimmers under 52 seconds. ¬†Joeri Verlinden placed third in 52.57.
Camille Gheorghiu raced her way to a spot on the French European Championships¬†team in the women’s 200-meter back with a 2:12.14. The French Swimming Federation confirmed the berth on Twitter shortly after the race. ¬†Fantine Lesaffre placed second in 2:14.01 with Pauline Mahieu earning third in 2:14.97.
Charlotte Bonnet raced her way to another Montpellier¬†berth with a 53.93 in the women’s 100-meter free. ¬†That swim pushed her up to ninth in the world rankings, and cleared France’s selection requirements according to the FFN’s Twitter account.
Beryl Gastaldello also earned a European spot with a 54.10 for second in the women’s 100-meter free. ¬†Mathilde Cini (54.454) and Anna Santamans (55.11) placed third and fourth.
Fanny Deberghes topped the women’s 50-meter breast in 31.97, while Adeline Williams (32.23) and Solene Gallego (32.45) picked up second and third.
Giacomo Perez Dortona hit the wall in 27.78 to win the men’s 50-meter breast. ¬†Thomas Dahlia (28.30) and Thibaut Capitaine (28.44) rounded out the top three.
France will announce its full Olympic roster following the meet, since it has multiple levels of selection requirements above and beyond just the FINA A cut standards.
More to come.