What a first day we FRENCH had!!! The pool closed with Fred "Tattoo" Bousquet winner in 50 free over Amaury Levaux and Alain Bernard. So for this second day, we all wait for 50 fly duel between Fred Bousquet and Amaury Leveaux. And we were not disappointed. The pool of Angers was fire on Saturday!
Then the men's 100 back was the game of Camille Lacourt from Marseille, who won with 50.94. Lacourt is now first FRENCH swimmer under 51 seconds in that event!
Breastroker, swam also fast in the 200, in 2.06.00,
Diane Buy-Duyet, a short course specialist, swam 25.56 to win the women's 50m fly, in new a French National Record! And Diana got "mise en bouche" before the men's 50 fly duel between and Amaury Leveaux.
And in only 22.29 Amaurg Leveaux blasted Matthew Jaukovic's world record! All fans were passionate, standing up for world record! And that was not it. Raphael Munoz, from Spain, also swam under the world record, in 22.37, and third was in 22.63!
On next race, Coralie "Coco" Balmy swam a 1.53.18 to remove the 2005 Lisbeth Lenton World Record ( 1.53.29), and by the way, the Laure Manaudou European Record (1.53.48).
Those two first days were fantastic! It looks like we FRENCH are finally self-confident. That's pretty new, and we all expect even
more now... WE ARE STARVING FOR VICTORY!
WOMEN 400 FREE:`
Coralie "Coco" Balmy, the new world record holder in 200 free yesterday, can expect, WE CAN EXPECT, something great in 400 free. The fan stood for her, s for her... "GO COCO!"
Does Coco love the sevens, or what?
MEN 400 FREE:
WOMEN 200 FLY:
Aurore Mongel, European Champion in Debrecen arrive, a smile on the face, with no stress after she gets the national best this morning in 2.06.27.
Aurore enjoy the race final, with fantastic finnish in 2.04.97, cutting French record by more than a second.
Yes! You see? We have several WORLD RECORDS now, and 200 fly is the
oldest, a 1.50.73 It belongs to Franck Esposito (set December, 2002). Franck is now coaching Christophe Lebon from Antibes. Chris breath on the side (not straight ahead like traditional butterflyers). Franck breath on the side also. Christophe win with 1.52.36, the second best 200 fly in European this year.
WOMEN 50 BACK:
Laure Manaudou was faster than Alexianne Castel. Laure win with 27.30. The question was: will Laure swim in Arena or something else? And the answer was: BLUESEVENTY.
23.60 for Camille LaCourt, a new French record. Laure Manaudou watched
WOMEN 50 BREAST:
The Angers' pool showed the main French weakness, the woman
breaststroke. 31.80 for Fanny Babou to win the title.
Hugues Duboscq was disturbed this morning, losing his French Record to Giacomo Perez Dortona in 27.18. We FRENCH all support both swimmers.( I am not uncommitted saying that). A late start for Hugues, but good turn. It was very close, but a bad touch at the end for the guy from le Havre (Hugues), 27.09, new national best. James Gibson, from UK, was first in 27.04, swimming with no branded suit. (Gibson can be French Champion. He is from the UK.) So Hugues was the winner. Perez Dortona took silver.
WOMEN 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY:
Camille Muffat, just out of her 400 free final, win race in 2.07.94, a new French Record! Camile took a long time to recover before her TV interview.
MEN 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY:
Christophe Soulier win in 2.00, very far from the 1.51.56 of . (We cannot be too fond of good swim.) The French best still belongs to Xavier Marchand, silver medalist in PERTH (World Championships) in 1999.
AND FINALLY, 100 FREE...
It is not Beijing here, but the race must be fast!
"It can be possible..... I thought it was possible.... I just do it..." Bernard tells Eurosport TV.
****Thank you, Guillaume! I am awed by your bravado. I can barely speak English. I can't imagine reporting the US National Championships in another language*****