Maxime Grousset Takes 100m Freestyle Title At FFN Golden Tour In Nice

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Maxime Grousset: Photo Courtesy: KMSP / Stéphane Kempinaire

Maxime Grousset made his second trip to the podium at the FFN Golden Tour in Nice, France, with victory in the 100m freestyle.

The 22-year-old, fifth at last year’s European Championships in Budapest, split 23.66/25.21 for a comfortable victory in 48.87.

Charles Rihoux (49.78) and Hadrian Salvan (49.88) were the next men home.

Charlotte Bonnet dominated the women’s 200 free to win by 3.15secs.

The 2012 Olympic relay bronze medallist was out in 27.07 to lead by 1.73secs from her nearest challenger and touched in 1:59.47, the only sub-two-minute swim in the field.

Assia Touati made up almost a second on Giulia Rossi-Bene with a final 50 of 30.80 to take second in 2:02.62.

Rossi-Bene, born in 2006, touched third in 2:02.72.

Two-time Olympian Erik Persson led from start to finish to win the 200 breaststroke.

The Swedish record-holder, who led at the final turn before claiming bronze at the European Championships last year in Budapest, stopped the clock at 2:13.40.

Antoine Viquerat (2:15.12) and 2015 world champion Marco Koch (2:16.38) took the minor placings.

Only 0.02 separated Kristyna Horzka and European silver medallist Lisa Mamie at the halfway point of the 200 breaststroke.

The Swiss swimmer went ahead on the third 50 and had a lead of 0.26 at the 150 mark before a final length of 37.82 guided her home in 2:26.87 with Horzka second in 2:28.03.

Dominick-Mark Torok came from third at the 150 to overhaul the two men in front of him and win a  200 fly race in which 0.40secs separated the first three men home.

Matthias Marsau led from the start and was 0.22 ahead of Giuseppe Perfetto at the final turn with Torok a further 0.29 adrift.

However, a final 50 of 30.97 propelled Torok past the pair to stop the clock at 2:00.56 ahead of Marsau (2:00.82) and Perfetto (2:00.96).

Dora Molnar, born in 2006 and a bronze freestyle relay medallist at the 2021 European Juniors, won the 200 backstroke in 2:10.32.

Bertille Coussin was second in 2:13.14.

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Maty won the women’s 50 fly in 26.90 ahead of Linnea Mack (27.27) who was second in the 100 on Friday.

Yohann was up in the very next race as he added the 50m back title to his 100 victory in 25.03.

The 21-year-old, who shared bronze in the 100 back with Apostolos Christou at last year’s European Championships, then dusted himself down and returned a little over half an hour later for the 200IM.

Jaouad Syoud of Algeria was first home to complete the IM double, following Friday night’s victory, holding off Jeremy Desplanches in 2:00.00.

The Olympic bronze medallist touched in 2:00.09 with Enzo Tesic the first Frenchman home in 2:02.99, one place ahead of Ndoye Brouard.

Lara Grangeon-Villele won the 400IM in 4:45.56 ahead of Francesca Fresia who replicated her second place in the short medley in 4:46.44.

Katinka Hosszu did not appear having not recovered from the illness that saw her forced out of the 200IM on Friday.

Other winners in the finals session were Adeline Furst in the 1500 free (16:51.50)