Championnats du monde – Budapest : Maxime Grousset en finale du 100 mètres nage libre

Of the head. And shoulders. Maxime Grousset did not miss his meeting on Tuesday in Budapest. The Frenchman qualified for the final of the 100 meters freestyle by dominating his half. A victory in 47 “54, two hundredths of his personal best. “I’m very happy. Now I have 24 hours to recover”, he confided as soon as he left the basin at the microphone of France Télévisions. Fourth in the Tokyo Olympics on the queen distance, Grousset will be one of the favorites for the grand final on Wednesday.

The one who will have the sign on his back is not necessarily the one we expected since the Romanian David Popovici has covered the distance like a bullet. His time: 47”13, the junior world record. At 17, and already crowned in the 200 meter freestyle, Popovici can achieve the double.

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One thing is certain, it is not Caeleb Dressel who will prevent it. The American with 15 world titles withdrew from the event before his half. According to the American Federation, relayed by the American media, Dressel withdrew to “medical reasons”.“A decision has been made by Team USA in consultation with Caeleb, his coach and team medical staff that he will withdraw from the 100m freestyle event for medical reasons.”revealed Lindsay Mintenko, general manager of USA Swimming.

Crowned over 100 meters in 2017 and 2019, the American gives up his planetary crown. Crowned in the 50 meter butterfly and the 4×100 m freestyle, Dressel is now uncertain for the rest of the Worlds. He is expected to line up in the 50 meters and the 100 meter butterfly.

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