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Swimming: Gold cap, silver Manaudou, five medals for Les Bleus at the Euros in short course


Highlights: Charlotte Bonnet wins gold in the 100m individual medley. Béryl Gastaldello takes silver. Florent Manaudou takes silver in the 50m freestyle. Pauline Mahieu wins her first international medal in the 200m backstroke. David Aubry takes second place in the 1,500m butterfly in 1,2178m (14:09:11) The European Short Course Championships are taking place in Bucharest, Romania, from December 6-14.

Charlotte Bonnet gave France its third gold medal on Thursday by winning the 100m medley ahead of Beryl Gastaldello. Florent M

We only saw blue. In the Otopeni Basin, on the outskirts of Bucharest, the European Short Course Championships took on the air of a French competition. At the end of a great battle in the 100m individual medley, Charlotte Bonnet won gold (4′'57) ahead of her compatriot Béryl Gastaldello (47′'57).

It was the first international title over the distance for the Nice-born athlete, who will retire at the end of the season and will therefore compete in her last Euros in the short course. Bonnet, who improved his personal best, hadn't won a continental short course medal since 2017.

#LENOtopeni2023 | 🔥 The French double Final - 100m individual medley (W)

🥇 Charlotte Bonnet
🥈 🇫🇷Béryl Gastaldello

🇫🇷What a race for the French


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— francetvsport (@francetvsport) December 7, 2023

He had entered the final through the back door. Without any sensation, just relieved. And aware of the work to be done to be there for his last Games next summer. But at 33 years old, Florent Manaudou is not done with podiums. Starting at line 1, the London 2012 Olympic champion took second place in his favourite 50m NL (20′'74) far behind the untouchable British Ben Proud, who set a new European record in the distance (20′'18), the second fastest performance of all time.

Almost a rarity in a well-stocked trophy cabinet. In a competition where he has not always been assiduous, the CN Marseille sprinter exiled in Antibes had only one gold (2012) and one silver (2019) in his drawers. Enough to give him a smile that was a little lost the day before.

"In the playoffs, I did a 15-year-old race," he said. A teenager who makes mistakes, like a swimmer who is not a 50m NL specialist. Even though I'm 33 years old! I didn't feel ashamed but... I look at myself and think: wow, you're still making mistakes like that at 33 years old. It's still crazy. »

The Habs are almost surprised to have stepped on the Romanian box. "Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to do today," he smiles. I'm swimming two tenths faster than last year, training a little less and having a little more fun. »

EC (25M) - 🏊 50M Freestyle

🥇 Benjamin Proud 🇬🇧 20.18 ER CR
🥈 Florent Manaudou 🇫🇷 20.74 Szebasztian Szabo 20.74
7. 🇭🇺 ♂️ Maxime Grousset 🇫🇷 21.08 #LENOtopeni2023

— MR. CARTER (@NelsonCarterJr) December 7, 2023

"I thought I'd do 20.80 at best, and on top of that there are some things that really don't go well! So I'm super happy to finish second," he added. In this race, Maxime Grousset could do no better than 7th (21′'08) after his silver medal the day before in the 100m butterfly.

In the 1,500m, David Aubry confirmed his rebirth after an injury accompanied by depression. The Habs took second place in the 1,500m (14:21.78), a good distance from Sweden's Wiffen (14:09:11). Pauline Mahieu won her first international medal by taking 3rd place in the 200m backstroke.

Source: leparis

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