MONTPELLIER, France, March 13. THE French put on a long course meter open invitational this weekend in Montpellier, France, with some world-class performances on offer.
Fabien Gilot claimed the top time in the world in the men's 100 free with a 48.82. Only three swimmers have cleared 49 seconds this year with Michael Phelps (48.89) and Sebastiaan Verschuren (48.99) also dipping under 49. Notably, William Meynard finished second in a sixth-ranked 49.15.
Camille Lacourt charted another world best with a 24.80 to win the men's 50 back. He cleared the 24.83 set by Randall Bal back in January, and the 24.95 posted by Liam Tancock last week in Britain.
Spain's Mireia Belmonte moved up to fourth in the world in the women's 200 fly with a 2:09.01. She also jumped into eighth in the world rankings in the women's 400 free with a 4:08.35, and tripled by taking home the women's 200 free in 1:59.19.
Spain's Marina Garcia swept the breaststroke events. She snared the women's 100 breast in an 11th-ranked 1:08.92, while also winning the women's 50 breast in 32.43. She also nabbed the 200 breast title in a ninth-ranked 2:28.70.
USA's Kim Vandenberg won the women's 50 free in 26.34, and also won the women's 50 fly in 27.51. She captured a third title with a 12th-ranked winning time of 59.29 in the women's 100 fly.
Spain's Claudia Dasca snagged the women's 800 free in 8:36.05. She doubled up with a 16:26.88 to win the women's 1500 free. She posted a title trifecta with a 4:45.38 to win the women's 400 IM.
Spain's Rafael Munoz moved to third in the world rankings in the men's 50 fly with a 23.93. Only Geoff Huegitt (23.28) and Joseph Carty (23.89) have been faster this year. He doubled up with a 54.66 to win the men's 100 fly.
Giacomo Perez Dortona earned the men's 50 breast title in a fifth-ranked 27.98. He doubled with a 16th-ranked time of 1:01.95 to win the men's 100 breast.
Spain's Carlos Vives Gomis finished first in the men's 200 fly with a 2:02.57. He doubled up with a 4:27.61 to win the men's 400 IM.
Spain's Duane da Rocha claimed the women's 100 back in 1:00.80 to move to ninth in the world rankings. She picked up a second title with a 2:12.38 in the women's 200 back, short of her 10th-ranked season best of 2:11.17.
Margaux Fabre topped the women's 100 free in 56.64, Spain's Beatriz Gomez Cortes picked up the women's 200 IM title in 2:16.68 Spain's Mercedes Peris won the women's 50 back in 28.31, but had been faster this year with a 28.25 earlier this month.
Gregory Mallet won the men's 50 free in 22.76, while Thomas Vilaceca claimed the men's 200 free in 1:52.30. Anthony Pannier captured the men's 400 free in 3:54.54., while Benoit Debast topped the men's 800 free in 8:11.34. Stephane Gomez stopped the clock in 16:20.29 to win the men's 1500 free.
Spain's Juan Miguel Rando Galvez took home the men's 100 back in 55.85, while Julien Dodin posted a 2:08.69 to win the men's 200 back. Spain's Melquiades Alvarez Caraballo won the men's 200 breast in 2:15.45, while Spain's Alan Cabello snagged the men's 200 IM in 2:03.11.