10 June 2019 - 14h38
The XXXVIIth International Meeting of Monaco , which was held at the Albert II nautical centre throughout the weekend, has kept its promises. If on the first day of Saturday, three new records of the competition were broken, on the second and final day, there were seven! Katinka Hosszú also won gold on three occasions in the 200m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m medley women…
The last day of Mare Nostrum Monaco was particularly rich in records. If the day before, Katinka Hosszú, Daiya Seto and Felipe Lima had already shone, respectively lowering the meeting best times on the women’s 400m medley, the men’s 200m medley and the men’s 50m breaststroke, they reiterated their exploits. The Hungarian did not win new meeting records, she swam clinically, winning the three finals she was on, thus achieving a gold triplet in the 200m butterfly in 2:07.56, 100m backstroke in 1:00.22 and 200m medley in 2:09.19. For his part, Daiya Seto set the record of the meeting on the men’s 400m medley in 4:10.61, improving his former performance (4:10.58) from 2015. A nice weekend for the Japanese swimmer who could count on the very noticed support of his delegation giving voice throughout the competition.
Five speed tournament records
But it was on speed tournaments that records fell in numbers. Starting with Bruno Fratus, in the semifinals of the men’s 50m freestyle. By winning in 21.56, he dusted off two hundredths the records of the meeting and Mare Nostrum, held for 10 years by the American Jones Cullen. But the Brazilian did not stop there, as he reiterated on the distance in the final, lowering the time again to 21.31! In men’s 50m breaststroke, his compatriot Felipe Lima also distinguished himself by signing a performance of 26.33 over the distance. He thus improves the record of the meeting, which he had established the day before (26.79), and at the same time the Mare Nostrum’s one (26.68). The American Michael Andrew has also achieved the double on the men’s 50m backstroke erasing the old mark of Jeremy Stravius (24.61, record of the meeting and Mare Nostrum) with a time of 24.45. On the women’s side, Yuliya Efimova made a name for herself in the 50m breaststroke final, claiming the new meeting record in 30.04, previously held since 2013 by Ruta Meilutyte (30.11).
B finals for the club and the Federation’s swimmers
Five swimmers from AS Monaco Natation and one from the Monegasque Swimming Federation took part in the B finals. On the men’s 200m backstroke, three swimmers lined up: Sacha Roustan (2:19.48), Romain Vanmoen (2:09.09 ) and the Monegasque Emilien Puyo (2:19.48). On the next B final of the women’s 100m backstroke, two swimmers represented their club. They are Pauline Viste (1:07.78) and Laëticia Antunes Da Costa (1:09.75). Finally, Marcus Sainton took the last start in the B final of the men’s 100m breaststroke by achieving his starting time to the nearest hundredth (1:04.08)!
© Jean-Marc Folleté
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