Partners Bonnet & Desplanches Share Another Day Of A Title Each As French Nationals End

Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland celebrates after finishing second in the men's 200m Individual Medley (IM) Final during the Swimming events at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, 25 July 2019.
Jeremy Desplanches celebrates an historic Swiss silver in the 200m medley at the World Championships in Gwangju - Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

Charlotte Bonnet and Jeremy Desplanches, partners in life and teammates at Olympic Nice teammates, topped the bill in the curtain-closing session at French Short-Course Championships in Angers this evening.

Bonnet, the European 200m freestyle champion, was just shy of her season best for gold in 3:59.80 over 400m, the silver to Montpellier-based Russian Anastassia Kiprotchnikova, in 4:03.72, Lara Grangeon, of Caledoniens, on 4:05.27. Bonnet was already ninth in the world this season with the 3:59.64 she clocked at the London round and European Derby of the International Swimming League.

Desplanches, the Swiss European 200m medley champion in 2018 and World Championships silver medallist this year, was in league of his own over 400m medley in Angers this week. Today, it was the same story over 200m, his 1:53.83 taking him into the world season No10 at 10 and  two seconds ahead of next home, Emmanuel Limozin, Marseille, on 1:55.87, the bronze to 18-year-old Mewen Tomac, of Amiens, in 1:56.32.

Jeremy DESPLANCHES (R) of Switzerland and his girlfriend Charlotte BONNET of France pose with their gold medals after wining the men's 200m Individual Medley (IM) Final and the women's 200m Freestyle Final during the 34th LEN European Swimming Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer / MAGICPBK)

Jeremy Desplanches and his girlfriend Charlotte Bonnet celebrate a European title win the same day in Glasgow, 2018 – Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

On August 6, 2018, Bonnet became European champion over 200m freestyle in Glasgow just minutes before her boyfriend, Desplanches, became the first Swiss swimmers ever to claim the continental 200m medley crown.

Bonnet was still breathless for her victory as she watched Desplanches race to his own. She said at the time:

“It was hard not to jump in the air. It gave me wings. We wanted to do things well, for the other to succeed.”

Desplanches, who turned 24 the day after his medley win in Glasgow last year, moved from Geneva to Nice in 2014. And this August is definitely a special period for the Swiss swimmer.

Meanwhile, Amiens’ Maxime Grousset has been rising up the sprint ranks in France. Today he claimed the 100m freestyle title in a dominant 46.10 ahead of seasoned international, Olympic relay champion and World-title winner, Jérémy Stravius, now with Olympic Nice and on 47.02 in Angers.

Stravius had earlier clocked 23.05 for the 50m backstroke crown.

There were also national titles for Naële Portecop, 16 and racing for Amiens, in 58.29 over 100m butterfly; Theo Bussiere, of Marseille, in 26.56 in the 50m breaststroke a day after after he claimed the 100m crown in a championship record; Dutch Olympic marathon champion Sharon Van Rouwendaal, racing for Montpellier, in 2:05.80 over 200m backstroke; and Anastasia Urbaniak, for Chalon-sur-Saone, on 1:01.34 in the 100m medley.