2023 WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 23 to 30, 2023
- Fukuoka, Japan
- Marine Messe Fukuoka
- LCM (50m)
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But Marchand didn’t just get under Phelps’ old record time of 4:03.84 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but he was under it by over a second, going 4:02.50.
Headed into the meet, Marchand’s best time was a 4:04.28, which was from the 2022 World Championships. That time was originally the second fastest time in history behind Phelps’ former world record.
In his race, Marchand was 0.26 seconds faster than Phelps’ record on fly, and nearly three seconds faster on breast. However, he was slower than Phelps on back and free. Compared to his previous best time, he was nearly a second faster on fly and over a second faster on backstroke.
|Leon Marchand, 2023 World Championships||Michael Phelps, 2008 Summer Olympics||Leon Marchand, 2022 World Championships|
This June, Phelps became the longest-standing world record holder in an event with his 400 IM. In total, he held the world record for 20 years and 342 days. His world record time of 4:03.84 had also been the oldest long course world record in swimming. Now, that title belongs to Paul Biedermann’s 400 free world record.
Phelps had been in the NBC announcing booth with Rowdy Gaines when Marchand broke his record. He also presented the 400 IM medals afterwards.
Watch the race video here via NBC:
Watch SwimSwam’s reaction video of Leon’s race here: