SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers which performance was the early highlight of the 2022 World Championships:
Question: Which male swim was the highlight of the first half of Worlds?
- Leon Marchand‘s 4:04 400 IM – 65.7%
- Thomas Ceccon‘s 100 back WR – 17.8%
- David Popovici‘s 1:43 200 free – 16.5%
This poll took a look at three breakthrough swims that took place in the early stages of last week’s World Championships.
Leon Marchand stunned the world when he put a scare into Michael Phelps‘ 14-year-old world record in the men’s 400 IM, Thomas Ceccon blew by the six-year-old world record by a quarter of a second in the men’s 100 back, and David Popovici became the first swimmer to break 1:44 in the 200 free in nearly a decade.
Each swim on its own stands up as one of immense significance.
Marchand swam a time more than five seconds faster than what it took to win Olympic gold last year. Ceccon absolutely obliterated the world record, having never broken 52 seconds previously and then coming in at 51.60. And the 17-year-old Popovici became the second-fastest swimmer in a textile suit, the fourth-fastest all-time, and was over a second quicker than the Olympic-winning time in the 200 free.
The poll results show us just how unexpected and incredible Marchand’s 400 IM was, as he garnered nearly two-thirds of the votes despite going up against two other swims that were two of the best we’ve seen in the past decade.
Marchand clocked in at 4:04.28, joining Phelps’ 4:03.84 from the 2008 Olympics as the only two in history sub-4:05.
Marchand came into the competition with a personal best (and French Record) of 4:09.65, and at the Tokyo Olympics, 4:09.42 was the time required to win gold.
The European men really stepped up in Budapest, with some of the meet’s other top performances coming from Hungarian Kristof Milak in the 200 fly (1:50.34, new world record), Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri in the 1500 free (14:32.80, second-fastest swim in history) and the Italian men in the 400 medley relay (3:27.51, tying European Record and upsetting the U.S. for gold).
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks: Who would you crown “Swimmer of the Meet” if you could only select one from the 2022 World Championships:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner.