The French Swimming Championships kicked off in Chartres on Tuesday morning. They are the last possibility for swimmers to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 – August 8). To win his ticket, a swimmer must complete a lap time in series (standard B), another in the final (standard A). Only two swimmers can qualify per discipline. This morning, they are 18 swimmers to have achieved the B standards.
On 400m medley, Léon Marchand (4’20 “70) and Émilien Mattenet (4’19” 08) did it. On the 100m butterfly, Béryl Gastaldello (59”46) and Charlotte Bonnet (59”64) also. The first, who trains in the United States, had not returned to France since the French Championships in Saint-Raphaël in December and has not yet qualified in Tokyo.
Wattel without pressure
Marie Wattel, European champion in the 100m butterfly in Budapest and already qualified for the Games over the distance, achieved 57”88. “ I wanted to do 57”8 so that’s perfect. I’m a little disappointed with the first 50, I wanted to leave faster, explained the swimmer who trains in Loughborough in England. At the Euros, I was relaxed, calm and I want to get out of that a bit. I’m waiting to see this (mardi) evening but it’s really great, since the start of the season, I’ve only seen 58 ” once displayed in the middle of work. In the final I’m going to want to win but I have no pressure. “
Over 400m, Joris Bouchaut (3’50 “84), Tommy-Lee Camblong (3’51” 59), Marc-Antoine Olivier (3’51 “54), Logan Fontaine (3’53”16) and Nicolas d’Oriano (3’51 “42) achieved the B standards in series. They will have to swim below 3’46 “78 in the final on Tuesday evening.
“I want to have fun during these Championships and rediscover the fun I had some time ago. No fuss. “
Fantine Lesaffre and Cyrielle Duhamel are both aiming for Olympic qualification in the 200m medley. The first swam in 2’13 “80 and the second in 2’13” 85. “The weather is correct, in the water I’m fine, I’m relaxed, said the swimmer from Antibes, European champion in the 400m medley in 2018. I’ve had a lot of headaches in recent months, I don’t want to do it today. I want to have fun during these Championships and rediscover the fun I had some time ago. No fuss. “
In the final, the requested time is 2’12 “56. Duhamel achieved it twice at the European Championships in Budapest. “I really managed my race from start to finish, I tried to do a race that was technically mastered and in terms of strength. All you have to do is make the weather this afternoon “, said the Béthunoise who has a personal best in 2’12 “12. Camille Dauba also achieved the B standards in 2’15” 97.
“A hell of a challenge” for Bussière
In the 100 m breaststroke, Antoine Viquerat was the fastest in 1’0 “65, Théo Bussière also achieved the standard B in 1’1” 28. “I’m going step by step. We saw in December that I could have a good race in the morning and disappear in the afternoon, reacted the Marseille brewer. I wanted to avoid that. The job is done, I took benchmarks and there are lots of things that can be easily improved. This afternoon, it’s a final, with the adrenaline added. It’s a hell of a challenge because I was deprived of training for nine weeks because of my shoulder. I’m willing to hurt myself to bridge that gap from guys who were able to swim normally. “
Over 1500m, Lara Grangeon – already qualified for the Olympic open water event -, Aurélie Muller, Adeline Furst and Lisa Pou swam under 16’51”71. They will play in the final tomorrow Wednesday.
This Tuesday evening, the finals will be broadcast from 6 p.m. on the L’Équipe live platform and on beIN Sports.