Crowned world champion in the 400m medley with a new European record, Léon Marchand confided that he did not expect such a performance but that it rewards the work done with Bob Bowman in the United States.
Léon Marchand has achieved a real feat. At only 20 years old, the Toulousain went to seek this Saturday in Budapest the title of world champion in the 400m medley. Moreover, the French swimmer broke the European record for the distance in 4’04”28, also subtracting five seconds from his own French record, set earlier in the day. ” I’m really surprised with my timeconfided Léon Marchand at the microphone of France Televisions moments after his victory. Then I won, I’m world champion and that’s really huge. Claiming to have “well managed the stress of the final”, the Habs claim to have had fun during this final. ” I managed to really have fun, I was full on the last 100 meters, he added. It’s really hilarious! However, achieving such a performance was not necessarily one of his objectives. While he impressed during the university events in the United States, Léon Marchand approached these World Championships in Budapest with humility.
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Merchant: “Work pays”
“I came here to make a final, to try to get a medal in the evening, he confided. But I didn’t expect to be so determined and so quick in the water. It’s so cool, I don’t know what to say! » With this simply exceptional performance, Léon Marchand made no secret of the fact that « hard work pays off ». “JI train all year for this, I get up at five in the morning for this so, in the end, it pays, said the Toulousain. The work pays off and I’m happy to do it here, in front of a lot of people and in a magnificent swimming pool. I think it’s a good time. “Now under the rule of Bob Bowman, Léon Marchand said he owes “a large part of this medal to Nicolas Castel”, his trainer in Toulouse. But the work done with the mentor of Michael Phelps is also at the origin of this world title. ” This year, I learned a lot with Bob Bowman on the level of my faults, he concluded. I improved a lot in backstroke and that’s what allowed me to get this title. “A gold medal which should not be the last and which already launches Léon Marchand on the way to Paris 2024.