Bonnet Goes 1:56 Over 200 Free; Victories For Henique, Desplanches And Hosszu In Nice

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Charlotte Bonnet: Photo Courtesy: Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse

Charlotte Bonnet dominated the 200 free to win in 1:56.96 on the second day of the FFN Golden Tour in Nice.

Kristof Milak won the 200 fly and Jeremy Desplanches completed the medley double with victory in the 200IM.

Melanie Henique added the 50 fly to the 50 free gold she won on the opening night and Katinka Hosszu visited the top of the podium in the 400IM and 200 back.

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Bonnet – the European champion – split 27.02/56.08/1:26.28 and came home in 30.68 to win by more than two seconds from Anna Egorova (1:59.11).

She went top of the early rankings by some distance – 0.79secs – ahead of Chihiro Igarashi of Japan who clocked 1:57.75 last month.

It may only be February but it’s worth noting that Bonnet’s time in Nice was only 0.01secs outside that with which she came seventh at the 2019 worlds in Gwangju.

Jeremy Desplanches

Jeremy Desplanches – Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

Roman Mityukov led at the first turn of the men’s 200IM but Desplanches went ahead on the backstroke leg to stop the clock at 1:58.40 – the second-fastest time so far in 2021 behind Kosuke Hagino’s 1:58.14 at the Japan Open hours before.

Henique won the 50 fly in 25.61 to propel herself to the top of the fledgling world rankings and usurping Ranomi Kromowidjojo in the process, the Dutchwoman having previously set the fastest time of the year when she went 25.88 at the Flanders Qualification Meet last month.

Henique, the 2011 world bronze medallist, was the only swimmer to dip inside 26secs with Anna Ntountounaki – winner of the 100 fly on Friday – second in 26.23 and Pernille Blume rounding out the podium in 26.49.

Milak controlled the race from the start to stop the clock at 1:56.80 – more than six seconds outside the world record of 1:50.73 he so memorably set at the 2019 World Championships, toppling Michael Phelps‘ long-standing and iconic mark in the process.

Splits of 25.87/55.97/1:26.30 with a final length of 30.50 saw Milak lead home a Hungarian clean sweep ahead of Richard Marton (1:58.29) and Bence Biczo.

Melanie Henique (photo: Mike Lewis)

Melanie Henique: Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Maxime Grousset won the 100 free in 49.23 ahead of Apostolos Christou (49.36) and Florent Manaudou (49.46).

Swiss record-holder Lisa Mamie led from start to finish to take the 200br in 2:25.23 ahead of Fanny Lecluyse (2:26.44).

Former world champion Marco Koch won the men’s race in 2:10.24.

Hosszu added the 400IM to the shorter medley title she won on Friday, stopping the clock at 4:42.96.

The three-time Olympic champion then returned to win the 200 back in 2:13.30.

Christou also led home the 50 back in 25.04 ahead of Yohann Brouard (25.21) and Mewen Tomac (25.25) – 24 hours after the trio made up the top three in the 100 back albeit in a different order.

Anastassia Kirpitchnikova enjoyed a winning margin of 39.28secs in the 1500m, touching in 16:00.28.


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