Rain of qualifiers for the Olympic Games for the last evening of the French Championships

Rain of qualifiers for the Olympic Games for the last evening of the French Championships
Rain of qualifiers for the Olympic Games for the last evening of the French Championships

It was the last evening of the French Swimming Championships in Chartres, and also the last opportunity for the swimmers to seek their Olympic qualification. Eight athletes obtained their place at the Olympic Games, for some their only ticket, for others their fourth.

The stars of the evening kept all their promises, with the qualifications of Léon Marchand in the 200m medley (his 4th ticket), or Maxime Grousset in the 100m butterfly. Still in this last race, Clément Secchi (51”17) surprised Mehdy Metella (51”30) to take second qualifying place. Charlotte Bonnet, qualified in the relays but not yet individually, snatched her place in the Olympics in the 200m medley, with a time of 2’11”18 (minimum 2’11”47).

A very tight women’s 50m freestyle

In the women’s 50m freestyle, an extremely tough race, qualification was decided by a few hundredths. It was Béryl Gastaldello who won in 24”51, only 2 hundredths ahead of Mélanie Hénique (24”53), herself 4 hundredths ahead of Marie Wattel (24”57). The first two qualify for the Olympics, since there are only two quotas per race.

Finally, in the men’s 1,500 m, if it was the Tunisian Ahmed Jadaoui who won the race, the two Frenchmen David Aubry (14’51”03) and Damien Joly (14’51”62) obtained their sesame Olympic, Jadaoui not being counted in the race for qualification.

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