After a first title won by Yohann Ndoye-Brouard in the 200 meter backstroke, the tricolor delegation collected a new title, on Sunday, August 14, during the European Swimming Championships, in Rome (from August 11 to 17). As boss, Analia Pigrée won the 50 meter backstroke, opening the day perfectly for the Blues. Unfortunately for the tricolor delegation, neither Charlotte Bonnet in the 200m freestyle nor the men’s 4×100m freestyle relay managed to get on the podium.
- Gold for Analia Pigrée
she had come hear a Marseillaise” and perfectly fulfilled its mission. The French Analia Pigrée offered a second title to the French team by winning the 50m backstroke in 27”27. She overcame Italian Silvia Scalia (27”53) and Dutch Maaike De Waard (27”54) to win her first international title.
” It was intense. Mine is the competition, I swim for that, I swim to win medals, to get as high as possible. Being European champion is huge for me. It is a dream come true “, described the Frenchwoman to the microphone of France TV Sport, a few minutes after finishing her straight in the lead.
Compared to many other Blues, Analia Pigrée arrived in Italy with a summer medal in her luggage. In Budapest (Hungary), during the World Cup in July, she had already won the bronze medal, already in the 50 meter backstroke, only to be surpassed by the Canadian Kylie Masse and the American Katharina Berkoff. ” Budapest was the first step, a revelation, for the group and for me. “She was therefore the favorite on a European scale, and she assumed her status until the final.
As boss, she first set the fastest time of the series on Saturday morning, before dominating her semi-final, but with the second time in the innings, it didn’t seem to bother her too much in the final. She a strength of character acquired in her youth, when she left Guyana and her family at the age of 16 for the hopeful pole of the National Center for Altitude Training in Font-Romeu. She finally adapted herself in mainland France until this European final, and she will still have to do it in the future. Her favorite distance, the 50 meter backstroke, is not an Olympic discipline.
Another Frenchwoman in the race for this final, Mary-Ambre Moluh, settled for sixth place (27”95). In Rome she was there to observe how the greats do At just 16 years old, the swimmer from the Créteil swimming sports union entered the deepest, she who had already splashed her talent in the pool of the European Junior Championships in Otopeni (Romania), in July, bringing from lap five medals, including three titles, culminating with a title in the 50m backstroke.
- Charlotte Bonnet has tried it all
He had set the second fastest time in his semi-final but was unable to confirm it in the final. In the 200m free, Charlotte Bonnet started fast, very fast even, and took the lead mid-race to try to win gold, just like in 2018. But when her opponents, and in particular the Dutch Marrit Steenbergen (winner in 1 ’56 36), managed to accelerate, the niçoise struggled, losing place after place to finish far from the podium, in seventh position (1’58”77).
A disappointment, but one that will not erase the niçoise’s start to the competition. He took advantage of the 100-meter freestyle, not necessarily his favorite discipline, to loosen up and enter his competition without pressure, winning a silver medal with a gold flavor. ” It’s a relief. Yes, I would have liked to win and listen The marsellesa but frankly I can’t be too greedy, I have to be content with that. »
A year ago, Charlotte Bonnet was thinking of watching this Roman competition from her sofa. At the end of the European Championships and especially the Tokyo Olympic Games (OG) concluded without a medal, Philippe Lucas’ protégé had questioned her career, she who had not been able to get on an international podium since 2018.
- French sprinters demoted with no regrets
Les Bleus ran the entire relay to take home a medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle, but ultimately finished fourth on the fringes. A regret that in the end would have been even greater if the Blues had managed to clinch a place on the podium, because they only held their ranking for a very short time. A few moments later, Guillaume Guth disqualified them a second time too soon.
Sixth in the final, the Blues could already be satisfied not to see young Romanian David Popovici in the final pool. The country of the very recent new world record holder in the 100m freestyle (46.86) had not passed the playoff milestone, leaving a great opportunity for other nations, starting with the Blues and Maxime Grousset.
Silver in the 50m butterfly, but disappointed by his performance in the 100m free on Saturday (4me, as in the Olympic Games), the native of Noumea (New Caledonia) was keen to react, especially since he had preserved himself during the relay series, which the Blues disputed with Charles Rihoux, Guillaume Guth, Thomas Piron and Julien Berol . A welcome freshness, but therefore it was not enough to bring a medal to the Blues.
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