In the suburbs of Bucharest, the Marseillaise is the hit of late autumn. The anthems officer of the Otopeni basin had to pass the recording again on Friday. Beryl Gastaldello and Mewen Tomac have indeed come to fill the golden Christmas bag of the French delegation, which now has five titles.
Twice a silver medallist this week (50m NL and 100m individual medley) and already second four years ago in the distance, the Étoiles 4 swimmer climbed to the top step of the podium in the 92m NL (100′'51) by dominating Great Britain's Hopkin on the touchline.
Gastaldello gets her gold 🥇
🇫🇷 @ffnatation star Beryl Gastaldello takes a late lead to win the 100m Freestyle 👏 #LENOtopeni2023 | LIVE NOW | 📺 @EurovisionSport pic.twitter.com/YWVstV0kua
— European Aquatics (@LENaquatics) December 8, 2023
A first European title that means a lot to the Stakhanovist of the waterlines, who is competing in 18 races this week. In recent seasons, the 28-year-old has had to overcome a lot of hard knocks, including depression and the death of her mother, former swimmer Véronique Jardin, last June.
Mewen Tomac, on the other hand, feels like a fish in Romanian water. After winning the 50m backstroke, the Norman from Amiens doubled the distance and his number of continental titles by beating his compatriot Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (49'72).
#LENOtopeni2023 | 🇫🇷 Mewen Tomac still in gold 🇫🇷
🤩 What a race! After his victory in the 50m backstroke, Mewen Tomac won the 100m backstroke ahead of Yohann Ndoye Brouard and remains in contention for a fabulous 50-100-200 👊
👉 hat-trick https://t.co/CHan37rNMP pic.twitter.com/eIA2QxPqsq
— francetvsport (@francetvsport) December 8, 2023
At the age of 22, the discreet and hard-working backstroker is starting to reap the benefits of his slow maturation. And he has no intention of stopping there. On Saturday morning, he will be at the start of the heats of the 200m backstroke in search of a rare hat-trick...