Merchant adorns himself with gold

In a final that he dominated and by breaking his French record, Léon Marchand won the title of world champion in the 400m medley. Marie Wattel, for her part, will compete in the 100m butterfly final when Maxime Grousset and Florent Manaudou stalled in the 50m butterfly.

Léon Marchand has everything a great! At only 20 years old, the pupil of Bob Bowman has already settled on the roof of the world in the 400m medley. In the basin of the Duna Arena in Budapest, the Toulousain did not leave the slightest chance to his rivals. If he held on to the butterfly against Chase Kalisz and Carson Foster, he instilled doubt in their minds on the back, which is not his specialty. It was on the breaststroke course that the Frenchman made the difference, being even well ahead of the bases of the world record held since 2008 by Michael Phelps. The switch to freestyle allowed him to assert his dominance to touch in 4’04”28. Taking five seconds off his French record, set this Saturday morning, Léon Marchand broke the European record and the world championship record over this distance. At more than two seconds, Carson Foster took second place (4’06”56) ahead of his compatriot Chase Kalisz (4’07”47).

Wattel at the rendezvous in the 100m butterfly

Another French satisfaction of this first day of the Budapest Worlds, Marie Wattel will not miss the 100m butterfly final. After winning her semi-final in 56”80 ahead of Claire Curzan (56”92) and Farida Osman (57”91), the Frenchwoman only saw Torri Huske do better in the second race (56 ”29). “That’s really how I want to build my races now, confided to the microphone of France Televisions Marie Wattel leaving the pool. If I want to go for a medal, or even the title, in Paris, I will have to start strategically to build the races like that. I’m happy that it’s starting to pay off, I’m seven tenths of a second off my record. “If the competition will be tough this Sunday during the final, the Lille will very clearly have a shot to play.

Grousset and Manaudou stalled on 50m butterfly

However, for the French team, the semi-finals of the 50m butterfly were synonymous with grimace soup. Both entered in the first race, Maxime Grousset and Florent Manaudou did not respond. While Caeleb Dressel won in 22”79), Maxime Grousset could not do better than fourth (23”10) when Florent Manaudou had to settle for sixth place (23”23). The results of the second semi-final, won by Benjamin Proud in 22”76, put an end to the hopes of the French. By six hundredths of a second, Maxime Grousset missed qualifying when Florent Manaudou finished twelfth. “It’s complicated, especially since I have worked the 50m butterfly even less than the 50m freestyle since my return, admitted the latter at the microphone of France Televisions. I wanted to do one more lap but it’s still my best time since 2015. I progressed in a year of transition, it’s cool! The level is raised and it was the goal to come for his Worlds by doing the best possible compared to my year of training. I will be where I need to be. »

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