MONTE CARLO, Monaco, June 10. THE 2012 Mare Nostrum wrapped up today with the last finals session in Monaco. South Africa's Chad Le Clos took home his fourth gold of the weekend while France's Camille Muffat set another meet record in the women's 400 free.
Muffat, who has been on fire lately with several amazing swims in the mid-distance freestyle events, added one more win after another solid outing in the 400 free. Muffat finished in 4:03.72, a new meet record. Canada's Barbara Jardin (4:07.50) and China's Bi Yirong (4:11.08) claimed second and third. Muffat also finished second in the 100 free today. Great Britain's Francesca Halsall touched first in 54.26, followed by Muffat (54.40) and Great Britain's Amy Smith (54.87).
Yannick Agnel earned his second win of the weekend with a 1:46.58 in the men's 200 free, better than Australia's Jarrod Killey (1:47.95) and Alex Di Giorgio of Italy (1:48.36). Agnel has the fastest performance of 2012 at 1:44.42 from the French Olympic Trials in March.
Lizzie Simmonds of Great Britain claimed her second backstroke victory with a 1:00.24 in the 100, while Canada's Sinead Russell finished in the runner-up spot again with a 1:00.74. South Africa's Karin Prinsloo took third in 1:00.95. South Africa's Darren Murray emerged from a tightly packed group to win the men's 200 back in 2:00.28, with Great Britain's Joseph Patching (2:00.60) and Canada's Tobias Oriwol (2:00.62) not far behind.
In the breaststroke events, Jakob Johann Sveinsson of Iceland (1:02.90) and Joline Hoestman of Sweden (2:26.83) claimed the men's 100 and women's 200 breast, respectively. China's Xie Zhi (1:03.08) and Australia's Maxwell Ireland (1:03.13) finished in second and third on the men's side while Sara El Bekri of Morocco (2:28.67) and Jessica Vall of France (2:29.23) completed the podium for the women.
South Africa's Chad Le Clos picked up his third and fourth wins of the meet with solid outings in the men's 100 fly (52.43) and 400 IM (4:21.39). Yesterday, Le Clos won the 200 IM and 200 fly. France's Clement Lefert (53.14) and Italy's Piero Codia (53.33) also earned medals in the 100 fly, while China's Wei Haobo (4:22.25) and Italy's Simone Geni (4:27.52) rounded out the top three finalists in the 400 IM.
Audrey Lacroix of Canada topped the field in the women's 200 fly with a time of 2:10.56, about a second and a half off her top time of 2:09.01. Zhu Jiani of China (2:11.18) and Katerine Savard of Canada (2:11.28) battled it out for silver and bronze in the event.
China's He Yuzhe claimed the women's 200 IM in 2:13.91, well ahead of South Africa's Kathryn Meaklim at 2:16.02 and Iceland's Eyglo Osk Gustafsdottir (2:17.93).