French Trials, Day 3 Finals: Maxime Grousset Drops 47.33 100 Free PB For Ticket To Home Games

Maxime Grousset of France prepares to compete in the 100m Freestyle Men Final during the FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December 15th, 2022. Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
Maxime Grousset: Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

French Trials, Day 3 Finals: Maxime Grousset Drops 47.33 100 Free PB For Ticket To Home Games

Maxime Grousset served up a 100 free PB of 47.33 on day three of the French Olympic trials in Chartres.

The 2022 world silver medallist split 22.64/24.69 to take 0.09 off his previous best of 47.42 en-route to bronze at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka.

The 25-year-old remains third all-time performer in France behind Alain Bernard (46.94) and Fred Bousquet (47.25) on a day when swimmers made 47s look routine around the world.

Jack Alexy went 47.08 at the US trials prelims where he was followed by Chris Giuliano (47.65), Caeleb Dressel (47.82) and Hunter Armstrong (47.93)  while David Popovici went 47.90 in prelims at the European Championships in Belgrade before lowering that to 47.82 in semis.

Florent Manaudou of France prepares to compete in the 50m Freestyle Men Semifinal during the 20th World Aquatics Championships at the Marine Messe Hall A in Fukuoka (Japan), July 28th, 2023.

Florent Manaudou: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Masini / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Grousset himself had gone 47.65 in Tuesday morning prelims where Florent Manaudou had dropped a 47.90 PB, both men well inside the cut.

Manaudou didn’t appear for the final where Rafael Fente Damers swam to an age group record of 48.14 which was also inside the cut for Paris.

Guillaume Guth (48.62) and Hadrian Salvan (48.78) were the next men home.

Anastasia Kirpichnikova booked a second swim at Paris 2024 when she went more than nine seconds inside the 1500 free QT in 15:59,95, enjoying a winning margin of victory of 41secs over Lisa Pou.

Kirpichnikova – who represented the ROC at Tokyo 2021 – has already qualified in the 400 with the 800 to come.

Marie Wattel added an outing in the 100 free to her 100 fly ticket in 53.61 to match the qualification time.

Beryl Gastaldello (53.71), Mary-Ambre Moluh (54.08) and Charlotte Bonnet (54.57) were the next three women home.

Zia Dupont won the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2:28.12, more than 4secs outside the cut.

Mewen Tomac (24.83) and Carl Aitkaci (27.51) won their respective non-Olympic 50 back and breast titles.




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