Thom de Boer Sets Dutch 50 Free Record Of 21.62 At Mare Nostrum

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Thom de Boer Sets Dutch 50 Free Record Of 21.62 At Mare Nostrum

Thom de Boer set a Dutch 50 free record of 21.62 in the 50 free as the Monaco leg of the Mare Nostrum series concluded.

Charlotte Bonnet, Kira Toussaint and Katinka Hosszu were among the winners but there were some notable performances in the Speed Tournament which followed the regular programme and featured two swimmers going head-to-head following a series of elimination races on Saturday.

De Boer lowered his national record of 21.74 from the Rotterdam Qualification Meet in December 2020, slicing 0.12 as he finished some way in front of Bruno Fratus (22.04).

It came a week after the Netherlands swimmer was fourth – 0.07 off the podium – at the European Championships.

His time on Sunday would have secured the 29-year-old silver in Budapest, 0.01 behind champion Ari-Pekka Liukkonen of Finland.

De Boer now owns the top-seven times by a Netherlands swimmer.

In the women’s event, Olympic champion Pernille Blume went 24.34 ahead of Melanie Henique (24.96).

Kregor Zirk lowered his Estonian 200 free record, cutting 0.05 from the mark he set in Stockholm last month to win in 1:47.01.

Bonnet split 27.05/27.07 to win the 100 free in 54.12 and added the two-length event to her 200 victory on Saturday.

Toussaint – fresh from the agony of losing European silver after finishing fourth in the re-swim last week in Budapest – won the 100 back in 59.41.

Mimosa Jallow was 0.2 outside her own Finnish record in 1:00.48 with Hosszu third in 1:02.00.

Yulia Efimova won the 200 breaststroke – an event in which she will not compete in Tokyo after finishing third in the Russian trials – in 2:25.61.

Hosszu won the 200IM in 2:13.14 ahead of Frenchwoman Fantine Lessafre, the 2018 European 400IM champion clocking 2:14.65.

The Hungarian also claimed bronze in the 200 fly which was won by Maria Jose Mata Cocco who set a Mexican record of 2:09.57 in the 200 fly, slicing 0.53 from the previous mark that had stood since June 2012.

Christophe Brun won the men’s 200 back in 1:59.79, Valentin Bayer took the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.46 and Arjan Knipping won the 400IM in 4:16.24.

Lisa Pou won the women’s 400 free in 4:24.92.

Toussaint won her second title of the day in the speed tournament when she took the 50 back in 27.67 – 0.57 outside her European record of 27.10.

Efimova topped the 50 breaststroke in 30.37 with Alba Guillamon Novo taking the women’s 50 fly in 27.38.

Meiron Cherutti was 0.03 off his Israeli record in the 50 fly (23.43) with Juan Francisco Segura taking the men’s 50 back in 25.27.

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