Mary-Sophie Harvey Enjoys Treble To Conclude Finale Giant Open 2024 With Five Titles

Mary-Sophie Harvey: Picture courtesy: KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE

Mary-Sophie Harvey Enjoys Treble To Conclude Finale Giant Open 2024 With Five Titles

Mary-Sophie Harvey rattled off a treble of wins to make it five altogether at the Finale Giant Open 2024 in Saint-Germain-En-Laye, Paris.

Prize money totalling 100,000 euros was awarded to the medallists in each race plus the three best performances in the World Aquatics rankings.

It is the second time the Giant Open tour has been staged following the inaugural edition in 2023 which was held across Marseille, Nice and Paris with the Meeting Nice Camille Muffat earlier this week having served as qualification.

Harvey continued the fine form that brought her two medals on the opening day when she won the 100 fly in 58.14.

Marie Wattel was second in 59.44 with Tabatha Avetand matching her 200 fly finishing position with third in 1:00.76.

The Canadian returned to clinch a clear victory in the 200IM to complete the medley double, going 2:10.29 for victory.

Cyrielle Duhamel matched her second place in the 400IM in 2:14.26 with Bertille Cousson third in 2:16.34.

Harvey wasn’t done yet though, returning to take the 200 free in 1:58.51 to end the meet with five golds with Lucie Tessariol (2:00.34) and Assia Touati (2:00.36) conducting their own private duel behind her.

Ponti Clinches Fly Treble

Noe Ponti: Picture Courtesy: KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE

Noe Ponti completed the butterfly treble with victories in the 50 and 200.

The Swiss added the 50 fly to his 100 rattler on Saturday in 23.18 ahead of Meiron-Amir Cheruti (23.29) and Michael Andrew (23.33).

The Olympic 100 fly bronze medallist then returned for the 200 where he and London 2012 champion Chad Le Clos couldn’t be separated at halfway with the pair turning in 55.96.

A 30.84 third 50 propelled Ponti away from the South African as he came home in 1:56.34 for a clear victory over Noyan Taylan (1:57.23) and Clement Secchi (1:59.37) with Le Clos fourth in 1:59.85.

Maxime Grousset won the 100 free in 49.02 with the entire eight-man field separated by 0.91 secs.

Brazilian duo Marcelo Chierighini (49.26) and Victor Alcara (49.49) were next home.

Roman Mityukov won the men’s 200 back in 1:57.17 with Mewen Tomac matching his 100 silver in 1:58.13, 0.10secs ahead of Yohann Ndoye Brouard who clocked 1:58.23 a day after winning the shorter race.

Tomac made it on to the top of the podium though in the 50 with victory in 25.15 with Andrew and Ndoye Brouard sharing second in 25.24.

Andrew returned to win the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.22 ahead of Antoine Viquerat (1:01.02) and 200 winner Lucien Vergnes (1:01.27).

Ahmed Jaouadi was on form once more, winning the 400 free in 3:50.12, days after posting a PB of 3:45.95 in Nice to go third in the all-time Tunisian rankings behind Ahmed Hafnaoui and Ous Mellouli.

Jaouadi tussled with Joris Bouchaut throughout with the Frenchman finishing 0.64 adrift in 3:50.76 and Tommy-Lee Camblong third in 3:52.99.

Mahieu & Gastaldello Return To The Podium

Pauline Mahieu of France competes in the 100m Backstroke Women Semifinal during the FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December 13th, 2022. Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Pauline Mahieu: Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Pauline Mahieu claimed her third medal and first title of the weekend, going 59.74 for victory in the 100 back.

Beryl Gastaldello, winner of the 100 free and 50 fly on Saturday, was second in 1:00.10 with Mary-Ambre Moluh next home in 1:00.18.

Gastaldello was edged out by the narrowest possible margin in the 50 free with Marie Wattel getting the touch in 25.08 to 25.09.

Albane Cachot was third in 25.84.

Anastasia Kirpichnikova added the 800 free to her 400 title on Saturday in 8:31.50 with Maddie Gough upgraded third to second in 8:34.81 and Anna Egorova taking bronze in 8:40.23.

Justine Delmas came from 0.68 down at the 150 to go past Lisa Mamie for the 200m breaststroke title in 2:28.27.

The Swiss athlete added second to her 100br first in 2:28.60 with Adele Blanchetiere coming home in 37.77 for third in 2:29.01.

Charlotte Bonnet won the 50 breast in 31.57 with Delmas second in 32.17, one place and 0.13 ahead of Mamie (32.30).

Jeremy Desplanches clinched the medley double with victory in the 400IM in 4:19.00 ahead of Emilien Mattenet (4:20.98).

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