Welsh Commonwealth champion Georgia Davies, racing for the first time as a member of the Energy swim club, took the first win of the evening on mostly dash day at the Marseille round of the Golden Tour, her 27.98 in the 50m backstroke the second sub-28 of the year; Rikako Ikee, off the back of a record-breaking start to the year, clocked 26 flat in the 50 ‘fly; and David Verraszto and Daniel Jervis top the bill among men
It was mostly dash day in Marseilles and after Britain’s Davies on backstroke there was a gap of almost a second, French challenger Mathilde Cini and a 28.80 good for second, with Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina, the 200m ace also at Energy, on 28.94.
Japan’s Rikako Ikee graced the waters of Marseilles too: one of the international pace-setters in early racing this year, with three Japanese records under her belt already, the 16-year-old took the 50m butterfly in 26.09 just ahead of Mélanie Henique, for France and Marseille, on 26.12. Italy’s Silvia di Pietro took third in 26.28, with 14-year-old Sayuki Ouchi, of Japan, on 26.78, 0.04sec ahead of Rachael Kelly, of Britain and Energy.
The highlights of the day among men were to be found in the two distance events, David Verraszto, of Hungary, produced a dominant 4:10.01 in the 400m medley ahead of teammate Gergly Gyurta, on 4:13.36, with Richard Nagy of Slovakia on 4:20.11.