Post-Florent, Mehdy Metella Delivers Early Hope For France With 48.5 Win In Marseille

Happy days: (L-R) Jeremy Stravius, Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot and Mehdy Metella celebrate 4x100m gold at the 2014 European Championships in Berlin - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Mehdy Metella raced to a 48.5 win over 100 free at the Marseille round of the Golden Tour to sit between Cameron McEcvoy at 48.1 and Shinri Shioura and Natahn Adrian at 48.6. Metella is part of a post-Florent Manaudou era for France after the 25-year-old London 2012 50m champion took silver in Rio and then said “I quit”. Day 2 in Marseille also produced a brace of solid wins for Japan’s Rikako Ikee and Hungary’s David Verraszto

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