2021 FRENCH ELITE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, June 15 – Sunday, June 20, 2021
- Piscine de l’Odyssée, Chartres, France
- Long Course Meters (50M)
- Olympic Selection Event
- French Olympic Qualifying Procedures
- Meet Site (LIVE FFN)
- List of Entrants
- Live Results
- Television rights: beIN SPORTS
19-year-old Leon Marchand became the first French Olympic qualifier on the first day of the 2021 French Elite Swimming Championships in the 400 IM, resetting his own national record by 5.32s.
The ASU commit, who turned 19 years old last month, first broke the French national record at the March 2021 FFN Golden Tour in Marseilles, where he swam a humble 4:14.97. Both of Marchand’s times in 2021 where under the 4:15.84 FINA A cut, which institutes an automatic Olympic qualification.
Comparing Marchand’s splits from March to today, he made improvements in his 100 fly (-1.4s), 100 breast (-2.72), and 100 free (-1.43s) splits along with slighting gaining 0.23s on his 100 back split. Marchand’s swim in Chartres also moved him from No. 40 to No. 4 all-time in European history.
Marchand is the son of Xavier Marchand, 1996/2000 Olympian and 1998 World runner-up, and 1992 Olympian Céline Bonnet.
|2021 French Elite||2021 FFN Golden Tour|
|30.46 (56.74)||30.86 (58.14)|
|32.97 (1:06.16)||32.03 (1:05.93)|
|34.62 (1:08.94)||35.87 (1:11.66)|
|28.28 (57.81)||28.90 (59.24)|
All-Time European Performers — Men’s 400 IM LCM
- Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 4:06.16 – 2008
- David Verraszto (HUN), 4:07.47 – 2017
- Max Litchfield (GBR), 4:09.62 – 2017
- Leon Marchand (FRA), 4:09.65 – 2021**
- Luca Martin (ITA), 4:09.88 – 2007
Reported by Ben Dornan.
MEN’S 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINALS
- French Record: 4:14.97 – Léon Marchand (2021)
- Olympic Qualifying Standards: 4:21.46 in prelims and 4:15.84 in A-final
After missing the event at the 2021 European Championships due to a sprained finger, Leon Marchand made his comeback here count and swim a 4:09.65 to annihilate his own French record in the event of 4:14.97. That’s a major improvement for Marchand who only set that record a few months ago in March.
The time is well under the 4:15.84 he needed to qualify for the Olympics, making Marchand the first official qualifier for the French Olympic team at this meet.
Marchand was, however, the only man to get under the Olympic qualifying standard as Emilien Mattenet swam a 4:17.50 for the silver medal while Jaouad Syoud hit a 4:19.02 for bronze.
That swim for Mattenet was a bit off his PB of 4:16.45 from March 2021 while Syoud recorded his 2nd best time of the day, hitting a 4:20.58 in the morning which was quicker than his March 2021 PB of 4:22.48.