France won its 4th and 5th medals this Saturday evening in Rome at the European Swimming Championships.
Yohann Ndoye Brouard, 21, shone with a thousand lights by winning his first international title, the first for the French delegation.
The native of Chambéry completed a full race to overtake Hungarian Benedek Kovacs and Englishman Luke Greenbank.
With the key to a new French record (1′55′'62), which he improved by almost half a second (48 hundredths).
“I felt strong but I was tired after last night (Friday).
I took the lead in the 150m, I saw that I had some left and I said to myself that there was no way, that it was for me this one, "said the champion at the microphone of France Télévisions.
The relief was palpable the day after his now anecdotal false start in the semi-final.
He can now laugh serenely about this toe-clip which slipped away under his impulse.
This incident forced him to resort a few minutes later on his own in his lane.
A few minutes after this title, Marie Wattel also distinguished herself on Saturday by pocketing a fine silver medal in the 50m butterfly.
She couldn't do anything against the Swedish Sarah Sjoestroem (25′'33 against 24′'93) but this second place has a taste of hope in this discipline which is not her specialty.
The vice-world champion in the 100m butterfly and reigning European champion improved her best time by two tenths.
" I am really happy.
It means that there is a potential for medals for the Worlds next year, ”she judged as she left the pool.
Disappointment for Grousset, new world record for Popovici
There was less spirit and less smile on Maxime Grousset's face at the end of the 100m freestyle.
In the lead at the end of the first length, the resident of Insep cracked in the face of the return of the racing car Popovici and its pursuers.
The French fails at the foot of the podium (47′′78), far behind the 17-year-old Romanian, who after having won world gold in June in Budapest, this time offers himself continental gold but above all the new world record. world (46′′86).
A stunning performance.
This record dated from 2009 and belonged to the Brazilian César Cielo (46′'91), king of an era when records were collapsing before the rise of combinations.
🏊♂ Popovici's world record in the 100 meter freestyle!
The French Grousset is 4th.
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Grousset is still looking for a first international title.
He had brought back silver and bronze in the 100m and 50m freestyle at the Worlds, and won silver again this Friday in the 50m butterfly.
Among the women, Charlotte Bonnet qualified for the 200m freestyle final without any problem.
The day after silver in the 100m, she got the second fastest time in her semi-final.