Lara Grangeon Sets 400 IM French Record

Lara Grangeon
Photo Courtesy: French Swimming Federation

France’s Lara Grangeon crushed her own French record in the women’s 400-meter IM during day one of the 2016 French Open National Championships.

Grangeon clocked a winning time of 4:36.61. That swim cleared her previous mark of 4:37.55 set at this meet last year.  It also moved her to fifth in the world rankings.

Fantine Lesaffre placed second in 4:39.73 with Coralie Codevelle taking third in 4:47.75.

Damien Joly cranked out a 14:59.42 to win the men’s 1500-meter free.  That time’s just off his third-ranked swim of 14:58.18 from the Golden Tour.  Only Gregorio Paltrinieri (14:40.61) and Gabriele Detti (14:48.86) have been faster this year.  Nicolas D’Oriano took second today in 15:06.31 with Gergely Gyurta placing third in 15:07.26.

USA’s Kelsi Worrell, in town alongside boyfriend Thomas Dahlia, put up back-to-back 57s as she clocked a 57.80 in prelims before winning the women’s 100-meter fly in 57.52.  That swim jumped her to fourth in the world behind only Sarah Sjostrom (56.38), Emma McKeon (57.24) and Jeanette Ottesen (57.40).

Marie Wattel took second overall in 58.38 with Beryl Gastaldello placing third in 58.48.

Ganesh Pedurand topped the men’s 200-meter IM field with a 2:00.52.  Cyril Chatron finished second with 2:03.05, while Guillaume Laure earned third overall with a 2:04.05.