2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
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Leon Marchand of France had the swim of the day on day 1 of the 2022 World Championships, hitting a 4:04.28 to become the second-fastest swim in history. His time is a new personal best, a new French record, a new World Championships record, and a new European record.
Marchand’s time is second only to the legendary Michael Phelps who holds the world record in this event at a 4:03.84, which he swam at the 2008 Olympic Games. Marchand surpassed Ryan Lochte on the all-time rankings.
All-time Performances in the Men’s 400 IM
- Michael Phelps – 4:03.84 (2008)
- Leon Marchand – 4:04.28 (2022)
- Ryan Lochte – 4:05.18 (2012)
- Michael Phelps – 4:05.25 (2008)
- Chase Kalisz – 4:05.90 (2017)
- Kosuke Hagino – 4:06.05 (2016)
- Ryan Lochte – 4:06.08 (2008)
- Daiya Seto – 4:06.09 (2020)
- Laszlo Cseh – 4:06.16 (2008)
- Michael Phelps – 4:06.22 (2007)
- Carson Foster – 4:06.56 (2022)
Carson Foster swam a 4:06.56 for second place in this event and almost got into the top 10 in all-time performances, becoming the 8th-fastest man in history. Bronze medalist Kalisz swam a 4:07.47 to trail his PB of 4:05.90 from back in 2017.
This swim is an improvement upon Leon Marchand’s own French record of 4:09.09, which he set during the prelims of this meet. He also cracked a new European record, taking out Laszlo Cseh’s 4:06.16 from the 2008 Olympics.
Before June 18, 2022, Leon Marchand‘s best time in the 400 IM was a 4:09.65, which he swam in June 2021. In fact, that swim in 2021 was his only sub-4:10 swim in the 400 IM. Check out the splits comparison for Marchand’s three fastest swims in history as well as a comparison between his 4:04.28 swim a Phelps’ world record.
|World Champs 2022 Final||World Champs 2022 Prelims||French Championships 2021|
Marchand / Phelps
|Marchand – World Champs 2022 Final||Phelps – 2008 Olympics Final|
Note that Marchand improved by nearly 3 seconds on the breaststroke leg from prelims to finals and also managed to shave 2.5 seconds off his freestyle split. During finals, his front half splits were both slightly slower than what he hit during prelims. Additionally, all of Phelps’ world record splits except for the breaststroke split were quicker than Marchand’s. Marchand swam a 1:07.28 to Phelps’ 1:10.56 on the third leg of the race and Phelps was more than a second faster than Marchand on the backstroke and freestyle legs.