After being crowned in the 400 meter medley and silver medalist in the 200 meter butterfly, the Toulousain continues to shine at these Worlds and continues, on Wednesday, in Budapest, his impressive 100% of medals in three finals disputed.
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Call him “Mr 4 medley”. Léon Marchand has decided to reign over the world, at these championships in Budapest (Hungary). The swimmer from Toulouse won the final of the 200 meters medley (1’55″22) on Wednesday June 22 and at the same time improved his French record established during the semi-finals. American Carson Foster (1′55“71) and the Japanese Daiya Seto (1’56″22). After the 400 meters medley where the young man of 20 gleaned his first world title, he brought France a second gold medal, a third with the silver in the 200 meter butterfly.
Even before the end of these Hungarian Worlds, Léon Marchand is already the hero of the Blues of swimming. Symbolic moreover: 24 years after his father Xavier Marchand at the Perth Worlds (Australia) in 1998, the son did better than the dad’s silver medal.
“Honestly, it’s amazing!”, reacted directly, all smiles, the new world champion at the microphone of France Télévisions. He adds that a small detail was important before his final: “I saw the other French people before me win two medals, I thought it was my turn now.” Not missed for the protege of Bob Bowman who is full of praise for this brilliant French team: “There is something quite special going on in this team, there are a lot of young people and we are starting to get a lot of finals and medals.”
On his race, where once again it is on the breaststroke where the TOEC swimmer made the difference, he analyzes: “I really liked this position to see what happened. Carson (Foster) came back hard on me in the crawl, but I managed to resist so it’s cool.” Marchand is betting a lot on the second part of the race, because it’s “after 100 meters” that he him “a lot of energy remains. It allows me to be strong in breaststroke and that’s when I come back to the others.”
For his first world championships, the student from Arizona State, in the United States, has already brought home three medals, two of which are gold, but keeps his head on his shoulders: “I know that swimming is a sport that is not easy. I learned a lot by going to the United States, by doing the European championships too.” At 20, the future looks even brighter for Léon, merchant of happiness and emotions.