Winner of the final of the 50 metres freestyle at the Saint-Etienne meeting (France), with a time of 25 minutes 38 seconds, Amel Melih established a new Algerian record, which she had beaten during the qualifying heats held on Saturday morning, May 1st, in 25 minutes 54 seconds. In the final, the Algerian swimmer beat the two Frenchwomen Lucie Vasquez (27 minutes 27 seconds) and Julie Boutine (27 minutes 46 seconds).
The Algerian swimmer Amel Melih has just won the final of the 50 metres freestyle at the Saint-Etienne meeting (France), with a time of 25 minutes 38 seconds. She improved by 16 hundredths of a second on the record she set on Saturday morning during the qualifying heats. Last March, her record was set at 25 minutes 74 seconds, achieved at the Marseille Open.
Amel Melih, 27 years old, was thus able to achieve the minimum B qualifying time for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which is 25 minutes 51 seconds. Unfortunately, the Saint-Étienne meeting is not qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. At the end of May, Amel Melih should participate in the Nostrom meeting. In June, she will also be present at the French championship, two qualifying events for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
As a reminder, three Algerians have achieved the minimum requirements for the Olympic Games so far. They are Oussama Sahnoune (A minima in 50 and 100m freestyle), Jaouad Syoud (B minima in 200m medley, 100 and 200m butterfly) and Abdellah Ardjoune (B minima in 100 and 200m backstroke).