France takes the lead in medals on the fourth day of the European Championships

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France takes the lead in medals on the fourth day of the European Championships


It’s been a tough decade for France in pool swimming, but right on cue, they’re gearing up in a big way for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

This week in Otopeni, Romania, at the 2023 European Short Course Swimming Championships, France has already won

This included a gold medal in the women’s 100m freestyle Beryl Gastaldello Friday, their 6th of the competition so far, in their best performance in three years. She beat Anna Hopkins And Freya Anderson of Great Britain, second in the ranking, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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Later in the session, France secured a double in the men’s 100 backstroke, led by Mewen Tomac. They then finished with a decisive gold medal for their new elite swimmer, a Russian convert. Anastasia Kirpichnikovacrushing the French record with a time of 15:20.12 (and winning by over 17 seconds over a legitimate competition that includes Simona Quadarella from Italy and Ajna Kesely from Hungary).

The list of successes also includes a French record of Maxime Groussetwho broke the French record in the 100 fly earlier in the competition en route to a silver medal.

As a French sports scientist and national technical consultant to Natation Française Robin Pla began to refer to this group as: “La Revenant” or “The Returning”.

The French swimming team was once one of the best in the world, as evidenced by its men’s 400 freestyle relay event in the “Lezak Race” at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A series of events, including the early retirement of Camille Muffat and some super-talents like Mehdy Metella not training due to injury or other reasons, left them with a fairly quiet decade in the pool .

France won 3 swimming medals at the 2016 Olympics (2 silvers and one bronze) to place 17th in the standings, and one of them was in open water. In Tokyo, they only won one medal in swimming when Florent Manaudou repeated for silver in the 50 freestyle.

This week, with two days of finals remaining, they achieved their best performance since the 2012 edition of the competition organized by Chartres, France, in the post-Olympic year, where Yannick Agnel, Jeremy Stravius ​​​​and Camille Muffat have reached their peak. took them well to the top of the medal table.

France’s medal history, European Short Course Championships:

Gold Money Bronze Total
Otopeni 2023* 6 6 2 14
Kazan 2021 0 1 1 2
Glassow 2019 2 5 2 9
Copenhagen 2017 1 2 5 8
Netanya 2015 0 1 1 2
Herning 2013 2 4 0 6
Chartres 2012 12 6 11 29

* – Until day 4

And they are young people and veterans, sprinters and distance swimmers, domestically trained athletes and those who honed their skills abroad. It’s an entire ecosystem that comes together to succeed.

We should of course not overestimate the importance of a short course competition before a long course Olympics, a continental championship or a competition where not all the best swimmers on the continent are present. But for a European SC competition, it’s a pretty good field, and we must not forget that France does that. without the guy who poses their biggest medal threat at the Paris Olympics next year, Léon Marchand, who is currently favored to win 2-3 individual gold medals.

Timing is everything in sport, and France’s timing, ahead of the home Games, seems perfect for 2024.

Day 4 medal winners:

Event Gold Money Bronze
200 Men’s IM Duncan ScottGB – 1:50.98 Alberto RazzettiItaly – 1:53.09
100m free women Beryl GastaldelloFrance – 51.48 Anna Hopkins, Great Britain, 51.66
100 backstroke men Mewen Tomac, France – 49.72 Yohann Ndoye-Brouard, France – 49.96
200 breaststroke women Tes Schouten, Netherlands – 2:16.09 Thea Blomsterberg, Denmark – 2:19.54

Kristyna Horska, Czech Republic – 2:19.63

200m butterfly men Noah PontiSwitzerland – 1:49.71 Alberto RazzettiItaly – 1:50.10
50 women’s back Kira ToussaintNetherlands – 25.82 Louise HanssonSweden – 26:23
1500m free women Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, France – 15:20.12 Simona QuadarellaItaly – 15:37.05

Ajna Kesely, Hungary – 15:51.34

Medal table after the 4th day of the 2023 SC European Swimming Championships:

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