SWC 2015, Paris-Chartres, Day 1: Intense French leg for the swimmers

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu (HUN)’s two victories, Chad Le Clos (RSA) outstanding butterfly strokes and French team’s overall good results were the highlights of the first competition day at the second leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 in Paris-Chartres (FRA).

France was well-represented today in Chartres with 28 athletes taking part in the competition as French swimmers emerged victorious in three events; the men’s 100m freestyle with Mehdy Metella touching home in 48.69 in front of a cheering crowd and the men’s 100m backstroke with triple World champion Camille Lacourt. And finally, the surprise of the day, Anna Santamans, who qualified fastest for the women's freestyle 50m final, more than 0.6 second faster than number two Natalie Coughlin (USA), topped the 50m free for the pleasure of the crowd. Coughlin finished second touching home in 24.78.

The latter topped the 50m backstroke in 27.65. With this victory Coughlin wins her 25th gold medal at the World Cup and her first since 2010. The American hadn’t participated in a World Cup leg since five years. Emily Seebohm (AUS) won this event in Moscow but took the second place in Chartres.

The men’s 400m freestyle saw a strong French participation in this final with Damien Joly (FRA), Joris Bouchaud (FRA) and Simon Guerin (FRA). However Jan Micka (CZE) beat them all in Chartres in 3:50.54. Sadly none of the French ended in the top three. Last French swimmer to win this event was Yannick Agnel (FRA) in Eindhoven in 2013.

Camille Lacourt (FRA) ©KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE

Still among the women, Daria Ustinova (RUS), at 16-year-old only, easily topped the the 200m back, followed by the Australian star Emily Seebohm (silver) and Missy Franklin (bronze) of the U.S. Ustinova also won last week in Moscow and Seebohm had the same place than today.

As expected, Katinka Hosszú (HUN) remained unbeaten and the 200m medley for the 22nd time at the World Cup. This is the event she has won the most gold medals in. Her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos ended up second and Lisa Zaiser from Austria was third. The “Iron Lady” also confirmed her dominance by winning the 200m freestyle race in Chartres. She left Missy Franklin (USA) second and crowd’s favourite Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) third.

from left to right: Missy Franklin (USA), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) ©KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE

The South-African king of the butterfly stroke, Chad Le Clos, replaced his crown in the 200m race today in a comfortable 1:54:18. He was followed by a French swimmer Jordan Coelho and Morgan David (AUS), in this order.


As well as winning the 100m butterfly, Chad Le Clos also emerged victorious in the 50m version of the event. Last week’s Moscow winner Andrii Govorov (UKR) was absent in Chartres for the men’s butterfly 50m.

Provisional rankings topper Cameron Van der Burgh did well today as he led the 50m breaststroke race in 26.74. He beat Brendan Hugh (USA) and Renato David Prono Fernandez (PAR).

Alia Atkinson (JAM) won the 100m breast in front of Katie Meili (USA) who had claimed the win in Moscow in the absence of the Jamaican athlete. The latter won this event in the last 11 meets she participated in.


In the women’s 100m butterfly and in an intense battle Madeline Groves (AUS) won by the smallest margin in 57.98. Groves and Claire Donahue (USA) shared the win in Moscow. Donahue placed fifth in the Odyssée complex today.