Blume Slices Off Extra Time To Land 24.28 50 Free Gold


The ultimate night time of motion on the FFN Golden Tour in Marseille didn’t disappoint, as Pernille Blume of Denmark made some noise within the ladies’s 50m free.

After establishing herself because the top-seeded swimmer with a swift morning results of 24.31, the reigning Olympic champion on this occasion fired off an excellent faster 24.28 to seize gold by almost half a second.

Dutch ace Femke Heemskerk was additionally effectively underneath 25-seconds with a clean 24.72 as runner-up, taking .10 off of her earlier season-best. French speedster Melanie Henique rounded out the highest 3 simply .01 off the silver with 24.73 whereas Marie Wattel captured 4th place in 24.93.

World rankings-wise, Blume stays among the many high 5 performers on the planet this season as soon as the Australian outcomes are factored in. In rehabilitation, Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden owns the #1 time on the planet at 24.o7, whereas the New South Wales Championships noticed Cate Campbell clock 24.11 and Emma McKeon additionally snag a scorching time of 24.17.

2 Cate
AUS 24.11 03/20
3 Emma
AUS 24.17 03/20
4 Pernille
DEN 24.28 03/21
5 Zhang
CHN 24.31 12/31

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Charlotte Bonnet stored the momentum going with a pleasant time of 1:56.77 to take the ladies’s 200m free. Her outing right here sits simply .12 away from the 1:56.65 she punched in December, a time which renders her because the #4 swimmer on the planet proper now.

Italian Olympian Federica Pellegrini settled for silver tonight in 1:57.64 as the one different swimmer underneath the two:00 threshold on this ladies’s 2free race.

After unleashing lifetime bests in each the 200m IM and 400m IM right here in Marseille, 19-year-old Leon Marchand closed his meet with a dominating males’s 200m fly race. Stopping the clock in a mighty 1:56.33, Marchand now ranks among the many high 15 swimmers on the planet this season.

Splitting 55.96/1:00.37, Marchand not solely gained the occasion by almost 2 seconds, however the Arizona State College-bound athlete sliced .30 off of his personal earlier lifetime better of 1:56.63 from final December. Marchand now rockets himself up the record of all-time French performers to fit #2, sitting solely behind nationwide document holder Franck Esposito’s French commonplace of 1:54.62 from approach again in 2002.

Further Notes:

  • France’s Yohann Ndoye Brouard accomplished his trifecta of backstroke victories, topping the boys’s 50m podium tonight in 25.04.
  • The lads’s 200m free victor right here, Danas Rapsys of Lithuania, got here up brief within the 400m free, leaving the gold to be grabbed by Joris Bouchaut. Bouchaut hit the wall in 3:48.14, whereas Rapsys was subsequent in line in 3;51.01.
  • Marie Wattel proved too fast for the ladies’s 100m fly subject, beating Dutch swimmer Maaike de Waard by almost a second. Wattel touched in 58.04 whereas de Waard was runner-up in 58.99.
  • Dutch nationwide document holder Kira Toussaint touched in 2:12.06 to reap the victory within the ladies’s 200m again.
  • Arno Kamminga marked the one males’s 100m breaststroke to get underneath the minute mark, posting 59.20 for the gold. He already ranks #1 on the planet with teh 58.69 he produced final December en path to qualifying for the Olympic Video games.

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