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Dotto Leads An Italian Party In Nice

Jan 27, 2013  - Craig Lord

The men's 100m freestyle final in the concluding session of the Golden Lanes Circuit in Nice produced an an Italian line-up, led by Luca Dotto, on 49.40, the sole sub-50 effort. A tie for second matched Luca Leonardi and Michele Santucci on 50.15, the rest spread between 51.08 and 52.51. 

No sign of any of Gaul's big sprint guns, including French 200m and 4x100m Olympic champion Yannick Agnel, who took the day off and bypassed the 400m and the 100m after having clocked a 15:16 over 1500m in the midst of winter training. 

Italy also celebrated victory in the women's 100m freestyle, Alice Mizzau on 55.79 ahead of Pernille Blume, of Nice and Denmark, on 55.96, and clubmate Charlotte Bonnet, on 56.05.

Their training partner Camille Muffat, Olympic 400m free champion, took the eight-lap final in 4:08.07 ahead of Nice clubmate Lotte Friis, of Denmark, on 4:10.26. 

Hungarian David Verraszto won the 200m butterfly in 2:00.52, watched world champion Jérémy Stravius, of Amiens, take the 50m back in 25.50 ahead of Italian Mirco Di Tora, 25.97, and Miguel Rando, of Spain, on 26.23, then returned to the fray to face Stravius in the 200m medley. The Frenchman took the race in 2:02.32, the Hungarian on 2:03.52. In Agnel's absence, clubmate Damien Joly won the the 400m free in 3:55.73. 

The Golden Lanes Circuit picks up again in March.