Mehdy Metella Bolsters French Defence Hopes With 48.44 Best In Nancy 100m Free

European champions in 2014 - will they be world champions in 2015? L-R: Jeremy Stravius, Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot and Mehdy Metella (Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer / MAGICPBK)

France’s 4x100m freestyle ambitions on the way to the defence of the world crown this August were bolstered by a lifetime-best 48.44 victory in the 100m freestyle from Mehdy Metella, of Marseilles, in the closing session of the Golden Tour in Nancy today.

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France’s 4x100m freestyle ambitions on the way to the defence of the world crown this August were bolstered by a lifetime-best 48.44 victory in the 100m freestyle from Mehdy Metella, of Marseilles, in the closing session of the Golden Tour in Nancy today.

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aswimfan

It seems like it will be between FRA and RUS for the 4×100 gold in Kazan.

Also, Hosszu constantly travels, racing in numerous meets with stellar results, so how does she she train? USRPT?

Danjohnrob

I think the US and Brazil will battle for bronze while France and Russia compete for the gold. Given that 3/4 Russians have times from their Trials that are faster than Matella did today and the fact that the meet is in Russia, I’d guess Russia, France, US; but, Manaudou didn’t swim the 100 at French Trials and Agnel as well as other French swimmers are capable of better times, so I could be wrong. Lord knows I usually AM wrong! 😉

GBswim

It would be silly to ever count the USA out in a relay, but it looks like France vs Russia may be the battle for gold. France have been the team to beat since London 2012 but Russia, ranked fastest in the world this year, will not want to disappoint a home crowd.
The podium will be made up of France, Russia, USA or Brazil. Manadou, Morozov, Adrian and Cielo in similar positions for the individual sprint freestyles.

Torchbearer

I say Russia, France, Brazil, US, Australia…consolation for not getting a medal will be an Olympic Place for number 4 to 8.

luigi

France has become something of a freestyle sprinters factory

luigi

ps I think there is an error in the above article … the previous Greek national record in the 100 free was not Gkolomeev’s …. who by the way was only 16 in 2009!

Craig Lord

Luigi: with such a comment, info is required 🙂 … the 49.04 belonged to Ioannis Kalargaris, from 2009. Article tweaked accordingly.

for33

The French team is very powerful. Both Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius are very reliable relay swimmers, and both of them have performed heroically in the past. Mr. Metella’s progress in the 100m free is a great addition to the French efforts in the 4x100m relay. It remains to be seen what is Mr. Agnell’s progress now that he’s established his training base back in France. The Russian crew can potentially perform fearsomely too, but I still have hopes that Australia and Japan will both be right there with the French or the Russians at the time of counting the medals.

Rafael

I would not bet on JPN medalling on 4×100 relay.

a 48 mid guy, a 48,7 guy and 2 49 mid guys, it is enough to final, but not to medal..

Australia was in, but with Magnussen out, they are probably the 6th force now.. Brazil Italy and US are ahead of Australia now, and much ahead of JPN

luigi

Craig, I am not sure what you meant in your last message (as you know English is not my native language): should I have provided the missing info? I’ll try next time.

Rafael: as an Italian I should be glad that you rate my country’s team over Australia and Japan, but honestly, I don’t know: we have a bunch of 48-high guys (in their best days) and a potential 47high guy (Orsi, who however never actually swam a 47 flat start, although he did swim a 46 relay start). The only weapon we have over other teams is the reaction time, which is amazingly good on average, but at the risk of DQ. Australia has more talent in the water, even without Magnussen.

Craig Lord

Luigi, I’m not worried where it comes from 🙂 … you alerted me and I found the info but if you spot a mistake and know the answer, great. best, C

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