2021 FRENCH ELITE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
2 men added their names to the Olympic list during the 4th day of racing at the 2021 French Elite Swimming Championships, which constitutes the country’s final qualifying opportunity for Tokyo.
The first one standing, Antoine Viquerat clocked a time of 2: 10.21 to win gold in the men’s 200 breaststroke to skate under the qualifying time of 2: 10.35 by just 0.14 seconds. After no one managed to qualify for the men’s or women’s 100 breaststroke, Viquerat became France’s first Olympic qualifier in breaststroke since 2012. His 2: 10.35 was more than a second faster than his 2: 11.44 before the competition.
After Viquerat’s breakthrough in breaststroke, Maxime Grousset threw her second under-48,100 free of the day and clocked a 47.89 in the final to significantly clear the qualifying time of 48.57. While Grousset was the only man to fall under the self-qualification standard, it will be up to the selection committee to decide whether Florent Manaudou‘s 48.58 in the morning will be enough to secure him a spot on the squad for the event individually. Manaudou was the second fastest man in the competition with his preliminary run, but he missed the final.
Manaudou is already qualified for the Olympic 50 freestyle and will likely be a member of the 4 × 100 freestyle with other members of the final including Charles Rihoux (48.81), Clement Mignon (48.89), and Mehdy Metella (48.93).
French presumed Olympic list from 2021 until day 3 (subject to change)