Melanie Henique Sets French 50 Fly Record of 25.17 After Technical Problems Halted Heats Session

Melanie Henique (photo: Mike Lewis)
Melanie Henique: Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Melanie Henique set a national 50 fly record of 25.17 and Mewen Tomac added the 200 backstroke to his Tokyo programme on a day at the French Olympic Trials when technical problems dominated proceedings in Chartres.

The bulkhead broke during the morning heats which were then halted with the evening session starting at 6pm and featuring fastest heats as well as finals.

Three events – the men’s and women’s 50 fly and women’s 200 breaststroke – were run in the morning before the session was brought to an end.

Melanie Henique

Photo Courtesy: KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE

Henique set the previous 50 fly mark of 25.24 at the French Championships last December and she sliced a further 0.07 from that record.

It was sufficient to propel Henique, who won silver at last month’s European Championships, to the head of the rankings, having shared top spot with Ranomi Kromowidjojo with both of them recording 25.30 in Budapest.

Analia Pigree, who twice lowered the French 50 back record on Friday, was second in 26.68 with Lucie Delmas, born in 2005, third in 26.96.

Tomac had already qualified in the 100 back to book his slot for the Games and he came back to go 1:56.82, well inside the cut of 1:57.50.

Behind came Swiss swimmer Roman Mityukov in 1:58.15 with Geoffroy Mathieu (1:58.25) and Yohann Ndoye Brouard – who had already booked his place – the third Frenchman home in 1:58.52.

However, Gastaldello failed to book an individual slot on the team as she finished third behind Marie Wattel and Charlotte Bonnet in the 100 free.

Mewen Tomac

Mewen Tomac: Photo Courtesy: KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE

Wattel took the win in 53.34 with Bonnet, who made it in the 200 earlier this week, home in 53.71 and Gastaldello next home in 54.24, all three women inside the cut of 54.38.

Analia Pigree, who twice lowered the French 50 back record on Friday, was second in 26.68 with Lucie Delmas, born in 2005, third in 26.96.

Fantine Lesaffre, who has qualified for Tokyo in the 200IM, won the 200br in 2:27.27, well outside the cut of 2:25.52.

Camille Dauba (2:27.99) and Justine Delmas (2:28.31) completed the podium.

Anna Egorova of Russia won the 800 free in 8:34.78 with Adeline Furst (8:38.60), Aurelie Muller (8:43.48) and Lara Grangeon-de Villele (8:45.66) the first three Frenchwomen home.

Thomas Piron won the men’s 50 fly in 23.55

 

 

 

 

 



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