Swimming - World Championships: Marchand in the final with a new French record, Manaudou, Grousset and Wattel in the semis - Sport 365

Published on June 18, 2022 at 11:45 a.m. – updated on June 18, 2022 at 11:49 a.m.

Aurélie SACHELLI

The first morning of the world swimming championships in Budapest went well for the French delegation, with in particular the qualification of Léon Marchand for the final of the 400m medley, with the best time of the heats and a new French record.

Let’s go for the 19th World Swimming Championships! After many turmoil, with changes of venues (Guadalajara, then Fukuoka then Budapest) and changes of dates (2021 then 2023 then 2022) due in particular to the coronavirus pandemic and the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, the World of Budapest started this Saturday. Note that there will also be European championships in August in Rome, in this very special 2022 season.

Merchant starts strong!

At just 20 years old, the great hope of French swimming Leon Marchand competing in his first Worlds, and he entered the competition with a bang! The Toulousain, who trains in the United States, achieved the best time in the series of the 400m medley in 4’09″09, which allows him to improve his own French record established a year ago in Chartres (4’09″65). Qualified for the final this Saturday at 7:25 p.m., Marchand could well win his very first medal in an international competition for seniors, he who finished sixth in the Olympics over this distance. Adrien Mattenet (21) meanwhile finished 17th in 4’19″74. They are a little more experienced and they haven’t failed in the 50m butterfly series. Maxime Grousset and Florent Manaudou both qualified for the semi-finals, which begin at 6:24 p.m. The 31-year-old Marseillais, 2015 world champion in the discipline, set the tenth time in the series in 23″31, and the 23-year-old native of Noumea achieved the sixth, in 23″07, exploding his record staff for 24 hundredths. Trinidadian Dylan Carter finished top of the series in 22″87, while Caeleb Dressel managed 22″88.

Only Duhamel fails with the French

On the women’s side, these Worlds got off to a good start for Marie Wattel, who qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly by achieving the second time of the heats in 57″21, just behind the American Torri Huske (56″82). The semi-finals will take place this Saturday at 6:13 p.m. In contrast, Cyrielle Duhamel (22 years old), who was the first Frenchwoman engaged in these Worlds, a competition in which she had never participated, failed in the series of the 200m medley, finishing with the 18th time in 2’13″39, two seconds and a half of his personal best, and 19 hundredths from the time of the last qualified for the semi-finals. American Alex Walsh, Olympic vice-champion, clocked the best time in 2’09″41. In the events where no French was aligned, the Austrian Felix Auboeck, reigning world champion in the short course, achieved the best time of the 400m series in 3’43″83, just like the Dutch Olympic vice-champion Arno Kamminga in the 100m breaststroke (58″69) and seven-time American Olympic champion Katie Ledecky in the 400m heats (3’59″79).

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