Charlotte Bonnet Books Trip To Third Games: Leon Marchand Adds 200 Fly To Programme

Charlotte Bonnet
Charlotte Bonnet: Photo Courtesy: KMSP/Stéphane Kempinaire

Charlotte Bonnet booked her ticket to Tokyo as she went inside the cut in the 200 free at the French Olympic Trials in Chartres.

The three-time European champion touched in 1:56.67, well beyond the 1:57.28 qualification mark to seal a trip to her third Games.

The 26-year-old, who won bronze in the 4×200 free at the 2012 Olympics in London, told ffnatation.fr:

“I am relieved and moved! I have been running after this qualification for several months and each time, I missed by a few hundredths.

“It was very complicated to go back to work each time, convincing me that it was going to do it next time.

“It remains a time which is far from the best and from my expectations, but today, I will be satisfied with it!”

Assia Touati (1:59.70) and Anna Egorova (2:00.31) completed the podium.

Leon Marchand set a stunning national 400IM record of 4:09.65 on the opening evening and added the 200 fly to his programme on Thursday in 1:55.40.

Jeremy Desplanches, of Switzerland, was second in 1:58.20 with Matthias Marsau next home in 1:58.25.

Jonathan Atsu

Jonathan Atsu: Photo Courtesy: KMSP/Stéphane Kempinaire

Jordan Pothain and Jonathan Atsu added their names to the roster as they both dipped inside the cut of 1:47.02 in the 200 free.

Pothain stopped the clock at 1:46.93 to book a spot at his second Games following his eighth place at Rio 2016, holding off the fast-finishing Atsu who touched in 1:46.97.

Hadrien Salvan was third in 1:47.61 with Enzo Tesic (1:48.04) in fourth – the quartet all set to travel as part of the 4×200 free.

Fantine Lesaffre failed to add the 400IM to her slot in the short medley as her winning time of 4:41.97 was outside the qualification time of 4:38.53.

Lara Grangeon-deVillele (4:43.00) and Lea Musser (4:57.42) rounded out the top three.

World bronze medallist David Aubry had already qualified for the 800 free where he will be the sole French representative in Tokyo.

Ayoub Hafnaoui of Tunisian won the race in 7:45.54 with Logan Fontaine the first Frenchman home in 7:52.31, more than two second outside the cut of 7:50.28 with Joris Bouchaut third in 7:54.67.

Fanny Deberghes won the women’s 50 breaststroke in 31.80.

 

 


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