After his title in the 400 m 4 swim on Saturday, Léon Marchand finished second in the World Championships in Budapest in the 200 m butterfly (1’53”37). Hungarian Kristok Milak won the gold medal by breaking his own world record (1’50”34) at home in front of a packed audience.
Far from the best at the start of the final, the Frenchman (20 years old) completed a last 100 m dash to take over the British James Guy (1’55”54), finally last, then the Japanese Tomoru Honda (1’53 ” ) 61), which completes the podium.
Two individual medals on a World Championship like the Manaudou
With 1’53”37, Marchand greatly improved the record of France that he himself had broken the day before, in the semifinals (1’54”32), ending 20 years of waiting for his former holder, Franck Esposito. It was the latter who won the last medal in the 200m butterfly for a Frenchman, with the money at the 1998 World Championships.
Thanks to this medal, his second at the World Championships in Budapest, Léon Marchand enters a very closed circle. That of the French holder of two individual medals on the same edition of the World Championships. Before him, only Laure Manaudou in 2007 (200 m and 400 m) and her brother Florent in 2015 (50 m and 50 m butterfly) had achieved such a performance.
Le Toulousain, entered by Bob Bowman, former mentor of the best swimmer in history Michael Phelps, did not, however, finish a day of competition and is engaged in the semi-finals of 200 m 4 nations at 19:45. . He will aim for a third medal in this distance during the already successful World Cup.