CANET, France, June 6. THE second of three stops of the MareNostrum series began today in Canet, France with a new textile bestin the 200 freestyle from France's Camille Muffat. Muffat shattered her own textile best of 1:54.87 from March with a1:54.66. Her time is now the fourth fastest in history, behindthree remarkable swims by Italy's Federica Pellegrini -- 1:52.98,1:53.67 and 1:54.47. |
The Netherlands' Femke Heemskerk finished adistant second in 1:57.78, followed by Great Britain's CaitlinMcClatchey in 1:57.90. Sweden's Therese Alshammar posted a sterling time of 24.66 to winthe women's 50 free, the ninth fastest time of 2012 and a two-tenthimprovement from her previous best of 24.86. Great Britain'sFrancesca Halsall took second in 24.92 while The Netherlands' IngeDekker was third (24.94). Halsall sits second in the world rankingsat 24.13, with Dekker in fifth at 24.42. The men's 50 free came down to the touch as France's FlorentManaudou had the edge, 22.36 to 22.38 over Canada's Brent Hayden.Hanser Garcia of Cuba rounded out the top three in 22.43.
Manaudouis ranked the highest of the three swimmers, with a 21.86 from theFrench Olympic Trials in March. Yannick Agnel kept the ball rolling for the French with a 1:45.24in the men's 200 free. That time stands second overall this year,behind Agnel's own 1:44.42 from the French Olympic Trials. Fellowcountryman Clement Lefert finished second in 1:47.22 whileAustralia's Tommaso D'Orsogna picked up third in 1:48.35.
In today's distance freestyle events, South Africa's Devon Browncaptured the men's 400 free with a time of 3:53.86. China's WeiHaobo (3:55.27) and Australia's Jarrod Killey (3:55.67) placedsecond and third. Chili's Kristel Kobrich was first to the wall inthe women's 800 free, just out-touching China's Bi Yirong, 8:35.35to 8:35.76. Great Britain's Joanne Jackson swam an 8:40.05 forthird. Lizzie Simmonds of Great Britain outswam the field in the women's100 back, posting a time of 1:00.71 for the win.
Simmonds' top timeof 2012 is a 1:00.43 from the British Olympic Trials in March.Sinead Russell of Canada (1:01.26) and Femke Heemskerk of TheNetherlands (1:01.86) completed the podium finishers. France's Camille Lacourt, who already owns the fastest time in themen's 100 back this year at 52.75, won the event today in 54.24.Australia's Ben Treffers touched right behind in 54.32 while GreatBritain's Chris Walker Hebborn was third in 55.26. Sweden's Rebecca Ejdervik (31.51) and Brazil's Felipe Lima (27.77)came out on top in the women's and men's 50 breast. He Yuzhe ofChina (31.75) and Danielle Beaubrun of St. Lucia (32.04) finishedsecond and third in the women's event.
Giulio Zorzi of South Africa(27.88) and Max Ireland of Australia (28.20) finished in the topthree on the men's side. Spaniard Marina Garcia Urzainqui earned her fourth victory of theMare Nostrum series with a winning effort of 2:25.22 in the women's200 breast. Garcia Urzainqui swept the breaststroke events lastweekend in Barcelona. Iceland's Hrafnhildur Lutherdottir swam a2:27.11 for second, ahead of Canada's Kierra Smith (2:27.36).
Great Britain's Andrew Willis had the fastest time in the men's 200breast as he finished in 2:12.66, more than two seconds in front ofFrance's Giacomo Perez Dortona (2:14.89). China's Xue Ruipeng woundup third in 2:15.27. Norway's Ingvild Snildal won a close battle in the women's 100 flywith a 58.53, just .03 ahead of Canada's Katerine Savard (58.56).Francesca Halsall picked up third in 58.97. In the men's 100 fly, Russia's Nikita Konovalov was first to thewall in 52.73, with Sweden's Lars Frolander in second at 52.79.Frolander, the 2000 Olympic champion in the event, looks to be ingreat shape to qualify for Sweden's Olympic team at age 38 afterposting a 52.36 in prelims. Brazil's Kaio Almeida took third in52.99.
The men's and women's 200 IM were also contested today, withCanada's Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (2:13.94) and South Africa'sChad Le Clos (2:01.14) winning their respective events. He Yuzhe ofChina (2:14.74) finished second, while France's Lara Grangeon(2:14.75) was third on the women's side. Brazil's HenriqueRodrigues (2:02.37) and Canada's Tobias Oriwol (2:02.58) alsoearned medals in the men's race. Results: Mare Nostrum, Canet Search For More News About: Camille Muffat.
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