Maxime Grousset is indeed the new French king of the 100m. The swimmer from Insep, fifth at the European Championships in Budapest in May, broke his personal best of one hundredth, 47”89 to win the national title and Olympic qualification this Friday night in Chartres.
He is the only one to have gone under the 48”57 required by the French Swimming Federation to go to Tokyo. “It’s done yes … I am qualified for the Games, smiled the 22-year-old sprinter. Je did not like to say it before, everyone said to me ” it’s good you are going to be qualified ”. I said no, as long as I did not swim the final I did not qualify. There it is done, that’s it. I knew I could do it, that I was going to do it, but I’m really relieved and super happy ”, he blurted out, relieved.
Charles Rihoux, second in 48”81 and Clément Mignon, third in 48”93, position themselves favorably for the 4x100m relay. “This morning, I really missed my race, it was tough. “
« Tonight I really had nothing to lose, I was there when I wasn’t meant to be, I played it all for all, entrusted the Marseillais. I got rid of the pressure “You have to do this time”, I just did a race between men where each place was to be taken “, he continued.
Viquerat will go to Japan
In the series, Florent Manaudou had swam in 48”58. Mehdy Metella, 48”93, finished fourth and can claim a place in the relay as well. “I’m not too disappointed with the weather, confessed to the swimmer who had surgery for his shoulder in January 2020. In the last two weeks, I’ve gone from 50 to 48 seconds. It’s hard to come back. I did more work on the 100m butterfly. “
It surprised me because this morning I was not that good
Antoine Viquerat had warmed the atmosphere of the Odyssey before the 100m. The Toulousain, accompanied by all the public in his last length of the 200m breaststroke, managed to secure his qualification for Tokyo by winning the race in 2’10 “21, below the 2’10” 35 required. “By touching, I do not believe it too much because I had very very badly in the last 50m. When I see the time, it barely passes and it is the explosion of joy, tells the brewer student in engineering school. It surprised me because this morning I was not that well. I did not have good feelings. He had to be released this evening. “
Over 50m backstroke, a non-Olympic distance, Analia Pigree, crowned French champion in 27”59 improved her French record set in series (27”81). With this time, the 19-year-old Guyanese who trains in Font-Romeu would have taken bronze at the European Championships in Budapest last May.