Leon Marchand Downs Own French National Record In 400 IM


Frenchman and Arizona State University commit Leon Marchand has set a new national record in the 400 IM while competing in the second day of finals action at the FFN Golden Tour in Marseille.

The 18-year-old posted a time of 4:14.97 to take gold on home turf, downing his own previous record mark of 4:16.37 from the 2019 World Junior Championships held in Budapest, Hungary – which also won him a bronze medal at the event.

Taking the race out hard, he also took a large chunk off his time from this morning’s heats where he posted 4:22.59. This record-breaking swim comes a day after he became the second-fastest Frenchman ever in the 200 IM. He stopped the clock in 1:58.97 in that event to take silver behind winner Jeremy Desplanches (1:57.50).

His time of 4:14.97 today also slips comfortably under the FINA ‘A’ standard for this summer’s Olympic Games, which stands at 4:15.84. Additionally, it places him at #11 in the world in the 2020-2021 season so far.


Distance  Split
50m 27.28
100m 58.14 (30.86)
150m 1:32.04 (33.90)
200m 2:04.07 (32.03)
250m 2:39.86 (35.79)
300m 3:15.73 (35.87)
350m 3:46.07 (30.34)
400m 4:14.97 (28.90)


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2 months ago

fast by any standard! congrats!!!

2 months ago

Great job Marchand, club Toulouse and whoever coaches him. That would be nice to include in article!

2 months ago

The second-place finisher was only a couple tenths off Marchand’s old record too!