The 20-year-old Frenchman, Léon Marchand, won a very nice silver medal in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday, just behind the Hungarian Milak who broke the world record at home during these swimming world championships in Budapest.
A new medal for Léon Marchand. At 7 p.m. on Monday, the 20-year-old Frenchman won silver in the 200m butterfly at the world swimming championships in Budapest. The young nugget of French swimming can boast of signing a performance in 1:53.37, thus improving the French record that he had broken on Monday.
A second place behind a world record
Three days after his 400m medley title, Marchand won a second medal in the Hungarian capital away from local star Kristof Milak, but ahead of Japan’s Tomoru Honda (1:53.61). The Hungarian also pulverized his own world record and won the gold medal after a time of 1:50.34.
Léon Marchand will not have time to hang around to celebrate this medal, since he is on the program for the semi-finals of the 200m medley, the start of which is scheduled for 7:39 p.m. Just out of the pools, he will have to go to the medal ceremony protocol, take a short tour of the physios’ table and then go back to the call room. A marathon that amuses the 20-year-old, who had also confided that this 200m butterfly was the race he had “least prepared”.
A baby Michael Phelps?
Monday, during the semi-final of the discipline, Léon Marchad had already broken the French record for this distance in 1’54”32 and he did it again this Tuesday during the final by swimming in 1’53″37. This fine second place despite the light preparation leaves French observers of the discipline dreaming, who already see Léon Marchand as the successor to a certain Michael Phelps.