MARSEILLES, France, March 7. SPAIN’s Mireia Belmonte put on a gutsy performance with two victories out of three events during night one at the Mediterranean Open in Marseilles, with one of her times topping the world rankings.
Belmonte cranked up a top-ranked effort in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle with a 16:22.79. That performance undercut Gillian Ryan’s previously top-ranked effort of 16:23.57 while swimming for NBAC. Great Britain’s Camilla Hattersley touched second in 16:38.50 with France’s Julie Berthier taking third in 16:41.93.
Spain’s Judit Ignacio vaulted to sixth in the world rankings with a 2:09.92 in the women’s 200-meter fly, while Britain’s Tilly Gray finished a distant second in 2:12.32. Belmonte snared her second podium of the night with a third-place 2:13.15.
Belmonte closed out an exhausting triple with a victory in the women’s 400-meter IM as she posted a 4:42.63. Teammate Beatriz Gomez Cortes took second in 4:43.33 with France’s Fantine Lesaffre taking third in 4:46.38.
In the men’s 800-meter freestyle, Great Britain’s Daniel Fogg jumped to seventh in the world with an 8:01.86, while compatriot Jack Burnell wound up eighth in the world with a second-place time of 8:03.61. Spain’s Marc Torrens posted a third-place performance of 8:05.52.
Britain’s Georgia Davies, who leads the rankings with a top-ranked 27.80 from Antwerp earlier this year, checked in with a winning time of 28.09 in the women’s 50-meter backstroke tonight. Fran Halsall placed second in 28.25 while Lauren Quigley completed the British podium sweep with a 28.44. Halsall moved to fifth in the world, while Quigley already stood sixth with a 28.28 from Belgium.
In a heavyweight battle, France’s Charlotte Bonnet edged Britain’s Jazmin Carlin, 1:57.61 to 1:57.65, in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. Those swims put Bonnet and Carlin fifth and sixth in the world rankings. Spain’s Melanie Costa Schmid placed third in 2:00.88.
Britain’s Robbie Renwick pocketed 10th in the world in the men’s 200-meter free with a winning time of 1:48.41 with compatriot James Guy touching just behind with a second-place effort of 1:48.55. France’s Clement Mignon touched third in 1:49.67.
Britain’s Liam Tancock topped the men’s 50-meter backstroke with a 25.48, just outside the top 10 in the world. France’s Ben Stasiulis took second in 26.05, while Denmark’s Magnus Jakupsson, one of the Great Danes in attendance, took third overall in 26.47.
Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero took home the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title in 2:28.10 with France’s Carmella Kitching earning second in 2:34.84. Spain’s Beatriz Gomez Cortes snared third overall in 2:36.78. France’s Giacomo Perez won the men’s 200-meter breast in 2:18.20 with Marseille teammate Theo Bussiere finishing second in 2:18.88. Italy’s Vittorio Coloretti snagged third in 2:19.62.
Spain’s Carlos Gallego clipped Britain’s Jay Lelliott, 2:00.42 to 2:00.80, in the men’s 200-meter fly finale. France’s Thomas Vilaceca picked up third overall in 2:01.53. Spain’s Alejandro Garcia Martin touched out Luxembourg’s Raphael Stacchiotti, 4:23.34 to 4:23.73, in the men’s 400-meter IM. Spain’s Marc Torrens took third in 4:27.20.