2019 French Championships Day 4: Mehdy Metella Wins 100 Free

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It is day four of the 2019 French Championships and competition is expected to be intense. Previous sessions have demonstrated speedy swims as well as witness swimmers that have made qualifying cuts for Fina World Championships. Today’s line up consisted of the women’s 50 back, the men’s 100 free, the women’s 200 fly, the men’s 200 I.M.,  the women’s 400 I.M., and the men’s 800 free.

LIVE RESULTS

Women’s 50 Back

Your 2019 French Championship title holder in the women’s 50 back is Beryl Gastaldello with a time of 27.98. Silver went to Lila Touili swimming a solid 28.37. Behind her grabbing a bronze medal in the event was Mathilde Cini with a time of 28.64. Fourth place went to Pauline Mahieu hitting the wall at 28.77. Mathilde Jean finished in fifth with a time of 28.88. Sixth place finisher was Laurine Theman with a time of 29.16. Amel Melih finished in seventh swimming a time of 29.59, and in eighth place was Alexe Herthe with a time of 29.63.

Men’s 100 Free

The men’s sprint event for the night proved to show some tight races. Mehdy Metella won the men’s 100 free with a time of 48.27, making him the seventh fastest male 100 freestyler in the world. Taking home a silver medal in the event was Clement Mignon with a time of 48.54. Meanwhile, bronze went to Osama Sahnoune with a time of 58.73. Finishing in fourth was Jeremy Stravius posting a time of 48.79. Tom Paco Pedroni finished in fifth with a time of 49.12. Sixth place went to Maxime Grousset hitting the touchpad at 49.22. Kyllian Brenon touched the wall in seventh place with a time of 49.82, while Jordan Pothain was right behind him in eighth with a time of 49.95.

Women’s 200 Fly

The winner of the women’s 200 fly at this years 2019 French Championships is Lara Grangeon with a time of 2:09.50. Taking home in silver in the event was Camille Cottier posting a time of 2:14.70. Bronze went to Gwladys Larzul with a time of 2:14.88. Fourth place finisher was Alice Aubry hitting the wall at 2:16.36. Faustine Barale finished in fifth with a time of 2:16.78. Sixth place went to Sarah Oualid Girard swimming a time of 2:16.91. Alexia Boute touched the wall in seventh place at 2:18.44 and in eighth was Sarah Moreau with a time of 2:18.80.

Men’s 200 I.M.

Taking home yet another medal at the 2019 French Championships is Jeremy Desplanches winning the men’s 200 I.M. with a time of 1:56.89. Depsalches improved his current Fina seed in the event from seventh to now the fourth fastest male 200 IMer in the world. Taking home silver in the event was Samy Helmbacher with a time of 2:00.38. Bronze went to Clement Bidard hitting the touchpad at 2:00.90.  Fourth place went to Leon Marchand with a time of 2:01.22. Theo Berry finished in fifth with a time of 2:01.91. Sixth place went to Guillaume Laure posting a time of 2:03.06. In seventh place was Geoffrey Renard with a time of 2:03.14. Wrapping up the top eight was Alexandre Derache with a time of 2:03.46.

Women’s 400 I.M

Winning the event was Fantine LeSaffre with a time of 4:37.74 now making her the fifth fastest female worldwide in this event. Winning another medal on day four of the 2019 French Championships was Lara Grangeon taking home silver in the women’s 400 I.M. with a time of 4:41.21. Bronze went to Cyrielle Duhamel with a time of 4:46.11. Fourth place went to Juliette Drevet posting a time of 4;55.64. Naome Horter finished in fifth with a time of 4:56.08. Sixth place finisher was Alexandra Dobrin swimming a time of 4:56.70. Finishing in seventh place was Camille Tissandie with a time of 4:57.96 and in eighth place was Raphaelle Anglade touching the wall at 5:00.90.

Men’s 800 Free

To wrap up day four of competition at the 2019 French Championships was the men’s 800 Free. Taking home gold and swimming the eight fastest men’s 800 free time in the world according to FINA top ten rankings was Daminen Joly. Joly swam a solid 7:51.54 to win the event. Shortly behind Joly was David Aubry hitting the wall at 7:51.82 marking him as the eight fastest male 800 free swimmer in the world by Fina standards. Bronze went to Joris Bouchaut with a time of 7:58.86. Finishing in fourth place was Paul Beaugrand just one hundredth of a second behind Bouchaut posting a time of 7:58.87. Marc-Antoine Oliver finished in fifth with a time of 8:00.07. Sixth place went to Ahmed-Ayoub Hafnaoui with a time of 8:01.31. Logan Fountain earned himself another top eight finish at the 2019 French championship finishing in seventh place in the 800 free with a time of 8:04.00. Rapping up the heat was eighth place finisher Tommy-Lee Camblong with a time of 8:05.95.