Desplanches Draws The Eye With 1:57.4 200IM; Metella 48.2 Wins But ‘France 4x100FR Sunk’

Jeremy Desplanches at Swiss nationals to book his ticket to world titles earlier this year - by Patrick B. Kraemer

France has been on every 4x100m freestyle podium at Olympic and World long-course levels since 2007, one Olympic and two world titles in the mix atop three silvers and two bronzes. A decade into a bull run and here comes Budapest 2017. No Agnel, No Manaudou. And now no relay at all, unless selectors have a change of heart. The nation has Mehdy Metella and a 48.23 for the solo two-lap crown at French Championships and world-title trials in Schiltigheim, Strasbourg, today, to thank for giving selectors cause for relief – and a headache at the same time. The combined time of the top 4 home fell shy of the Budapest cut. Selectors must now scratch their heads. Meanwhile, the other saving grace of Metella’s 48.2 was that it avoided Swiss visitor Jeremy Desplanches from stealing the headlines once more this week in Strasbourg, though share it with him France must after he set a 1:57.4 Swiss 200IM record for world No 4 on the rankings so far this year

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Craig, is it not the case that the top 4 finishers in a relay event (ie 100/200free) have to beat an aggregate time set ? From what I’m lead to believe, the aggregate mark for 4×100 was 3.15.19 and the aggregate time that has been swum is only 3.15.76.

Just what line WILL the French selectors take because if they DO show clemency in this case, they’re potentially painting some juicy targets on their backs with regards to appeals from other non-qualifiers not shown similar mercy.

Craig Lord

It is, CW… your note was quicker to write than my report 🙂 – and … we shall see what they do with that… 🙂

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