2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
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Leon Marchand got his World Championships off to a strong start, clocking a time of 4:09.09 in the prelims of the 400 IM. With this swim, he breaks his old French record of 4:09.65 from the French Championships last year, and sets a new best time by 0.56 seconds. In addition, this time is also faster than Chase Kalisz‘s mark of 4:09.42 that won Olympic gold last year.
Headed into finals, Marchand has the fastest time from prelims and will take the top seed. If he is able to match this time later, he will have a good shot at the gold medal.
Top European Performers Of All-Time, Men’s 400 IM:
- Laszlo Cesh, Hungary – 4:06.16 (2008)
- David Verraszto, Hungary – 4:07.47 (2017)
- Leon Marchand, France – 4:09.09 (2022)
- Duncan Scott, Great Britain – 4:09.18 (2022)
- Max Litchfield, Great Britain – 4:09.62 (2017)
Compared to his previous record, Marchand went over a second faster on his butterfly and over three seconds faster on his backstroke. However, his back half this time around was much slower than it was last year, being slower on breaststroke and and freestyle by a significant margin. This either signifies a change in race strategy, or more likely that Marchand was holding back and has more in the tank for finals.
|Leon Marchand, 2022 Worlds||Leon Marchand, 2021 French Championships|
Last year at the Olympics, Marchand finished sixth in the 400 IM final in a time of 4:11.86. However, his time of 4:10.09 from Tokyo prelims was good enough to win bronze.