2018 Euros Day 1: Lesaffre Produces Surprise 400m IM French Record


2018 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Britain’s Adam Peaty stole the prelims show on day 1 in Glasgow, throwing down the 7th fastest 100m breaststroke time ever (57.89), but there was another sneaky performance that caught people’s attention as well.

Competing in the women’s 400m IM prelims this morning, French racer Fantine Lesaffre produced a big personal best mark of 4:36.16 en route to claiming the top seed. That prelims outing hacked well over 2 seconds off of the 23-year-old’s previous personal best of 4:38.88 established back in 2016. Beating the field this morning, Lesaffre also notched a new French national record, overtaking the previous mark of Lara Grangeon of 4:36.61.

Splits for Lesaffre’s 4:36.16 effort are below:

Lesaffre has one senior-level medal under her belt in the form of a bronze in this same event at the 2017 Short Course European Championships in Copenhagen. Her time this morning now ranks her 9th in the world, but she’ll need to throw down another big performance to stave off the likes of Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato and Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott.

2 Ilaria
CUSINATO
ITA 4.34.65 06/30
3 Ally
McHUGH
USA 4.34.80 07/27
4 Aimee
WILLMOTT
GBR 4.34.90 04/05
5 Brooke
FORDE
SA 4.35.09 07/27
6 Hannah
MILEY
GBR 4.35.16 04/05
7 Melanie
MARGALIS
USA 4.35.50 07/27
8 Leah
SMITH
USA 4.35.68 07/27
9 Mireia
BELMONTE
ESP 4.37.10 04/12
10 Sakiko
SHIMIZU
JPN 4.37.37 04/08

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