Caribbean: The fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region in the 100 scm butterfly Medhy Metella signalled a return to form on the opening day of the French Short Course Champs.
Mehdy who hails from French Guiana recorded his best time in the event since the 2018 World Short Course Champs in China. He split 23.18 and 27.25 to stop the clock in 50.43.
Metella has a PB of 49.45 . That stood as the French record from 2018 until the first day of the meet. The record fell to the current long course World Champion, Maxime Grousset of CS Clichy 92. He took the title and record in a time of 49.24.
Metella who now trains with ETOILES 92 has won the French title five times previously.He has now signalled that he is in the shape to challege for a spot for the Paris 2024 team.
He won a Bronze as well on the first day in the 4 x50 freestyle relay. Mehdy anchored the team with their fastest split of 21.74 . The total time was 1:28.21.
The fastest sprint backstroker Analia Pigree from the CARIFTA region got on the medal podium at the French Short Course Nationals.
Competing in Angers, France the CANET 66 star got into the 50 SCM backstroke final with a swim of 26.85. She lowered that to take her second consecutive Champs Silver in 26.70.Gold went to teammate Pauline Mahieu in 26.63. Pigree had the second fastest reaction time of 0.55.
There would be more medals on the opening day on October 26. She would team with Mahieu,Marina Jehl and Luna Candelon to win the 4 x 50 scm freestyle relay. Pigree had the second fastest split on the day of 24.20.
The CANET 66 team took the title in a total time of of 1:39.86 .They were almost two seconds ahead of the field.
Pigree hold the French record in the 50 SCM backstroke at 25.96.
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