Camille Lacourt’s 50 Back World Best Leads Way at Golden Tour in Marseille

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MARSEILLE – Camille Lacourt’s world-best in the men’s 50-meter backstroke led the day at the Golden Tour in Marseille as a handful of top 10 times went up on the board.

Lacourt smoked the men’s 50-meter backstroke with a time of 24.85. That swim improved his world-best time of 24.89 from the Nice stop of the Golden Tour.

Florent Manaudou placed second in 25.17 to move to second in the world, while Jeremy Stravius finished third in 25.30.  Stravius had been second in the world with a season-best 25.20 from the Amiens stop of the Golden Tour.

Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros won the women’s 50-meter back in 27.84. That swim put her third in the world behind Emily Seebohm (27.64) and Fu Yuanhui (27.76).

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen touched second in 27.94 to move to fourth in the world behind Medeiros, while USA’s Natalie Coughlin claimed third in 28.09 for fifth in the world rankings.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom also swam in the sprint back with a fourth-place 28.22 to move to seventh in the world.

Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen rocketed to second in the world in the women’s 200-meter breast with a 2:23.34. ¬†Only Kanako Watanabe has been faster with a 2:23.03 from the NSW State Championships.

Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero finished second tonight with a 2:24.12 to take third in the world, while Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton snared third tonight in 2:29.11.

Germany’s Marco Koch, already the world’s best with a 2:10.10 from the Amiens stop, turned in a 2:10.68 tonight to win the men’s 200-meter breaststroke.

Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson finished second in 2:12.88, off his sixth-ranked 2:12.05 from the Luxembourg Euro Meet. ¬†Teammate Andrew Willis placed third tonight in 2:13.22.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who is battling off a bit of an illness, topped the women’s 200-meter fly with a time of 2:08.66. ¬†That swim moved her up to fourth in the world rankings behind Brianna Throssell (2:06.60), Cammile Adams (2:07.61) and Suzuka Hasegawa (2:07.89).

Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao Melo claimed second tonight in 2:09.77 with Spain’s Judit Ignacio Sorribes placing third in 2:10.08.

Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus raced his way to the men’s 200-meter fly title with a time of 1:56.20. ¬†That swim pushed him to third in the world behind Daiya Seto (1:55.61) and Andrew Seliskar (1:55.92).

Greece’s Stefanos Dimitriadis took second in 1:56.89 to tie Viktor Bromer for sixth in the world rankings. ¬†Bromer, meanwhile, posted a 1:56.93 to take third tonight.

France’s Charlotte Bonnet posted a swift time of 1:57.27 in the women’s 200-meter free to move up to seventh in the world rankings. ¬†Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor touched second in 1:58.37, while Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom claimed third in 1:58.51.

Yannick Angel rocketed to second in the world in the men’s 200-meter free with a time of 1:47.11 for the win. Only James Guy has been faster with a 1:46.94 from the Flanders Speedo Cup.

Brazil’s Nicolas Oliveira placed second tonight in 1:49.09, while France’s Clement Mignon rounded out the top three in 1:49.58.

Hosszu doubled up with a 4:39.96 in the women’s 400-meter IM. ¬†She was much faster this morning with a fourth-ranked 4:37.50 during prelims. ¬†Only Aimee Willmott (4:35.74), Elizabeth Beisel (4:36.71) and Hannah Miley (4:36.74) have been faster this year.

Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao Melo took second in 4:42.55 with Spain’s Beatriz Gomez Cortes earning third in 4:43.17.

Hungary’s David Verraszto jumped to second in the world in the men’s 400-meter IM to close out the day. ¬†Verraszto clocked a 4:15.99 for the win, moving behind only Daiya Seto’s 4:13.36 from the BHP Super Series.

Germany’s Jacob Heldtmann finished second in 4:19.02, while Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida placed third in 4:19.74.
2015 Golden Tour, Marseille, Day One – Results