8 June 2019 - 23h08
This weekend, swimmers from no less than 35 delegations participate in the XXXVIIth International Meeting of Monaco. During the first day, three records of the Monaco meeting were beaten. A few swimmers from the Monegasque federation and club distinguished themselves by reaching the B finals. This afternoon, the last finals will be held from 3:30pm.
Katinka Hosszú (Hungary), Daiya Seto (Japan), Felipe Lima (Brazil)… These worldwide-renowned-swimming names now have one more thing in common. Yesterday, all three won respectively the women’s 400m medley, the men’s 200m medley and the men’s 50m breaststroke of the A final.
Katinka Hosszú, star of the meeting
The Hungarian swimmer, a regular at the competition, literally exploded the previous record of the meeting distance (4:33.80) set in 2014 – and which was none other than hers – by lowering it by one second (4:32.87)! The so-called “Iron Lady”, pseudonym that she owes to her complete swimmer profile, did not fail her reputation since she also took gold on the 200m backstroke (2:10.74) and silver on the 200m freestyle (1:57.72). In the men’s 200m medley final, Daiya Seto, bronze medalist in the men’s 400m medley at the Olympic Games in Rio, was also successful. The Japanese broke the record previously set by his compatriot Kosuke Hagino (1:57.79) in 2015 by just two tenths (1:57.60)! Finally, the Brazilian Felipe Lima has set the new record for the 50m breaststroke (26.79) held since last year by Yasuhiro Koseki (26.91).
34 competitors for Monaco
Trained by Michel Pou and Axel Timbert, five swimmers licensed from the Fédération monegasque de natation and nearly thirty with AS Monaco Natation defend the colours of the Principality this weekend. Marcus Sainton (AS Monaco Natation) was in the B final of the men’s 200m breaststroke and clocked one of his best times in 2:17.59. Emilien Puyo (Fédération monegasque de natation) and Adib Khalil (AS Monaco Natation) both participated in the men’s 200m butterfly B final and improved their morning series time, respectively signing 2:14.73 and 2:09.83. Finally, three other Asémistes took part in B finals: Anaïs Arlandis on the women’s 100m butterfly (1:00.62), Laëticia Antunes Da Costa on the women’s 200m backstroke (2:30.78) and Romain Vanmoen on the men’s 200m medley (2:11.41).
© Jean-Marc Folleté
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