Léon Marchand hit hard for his entry into the running, this Saturday in Budapest: he achieved the best time in the series of the 400m medley of the Worlds and even improved, in passing, his French record established last year during the Championships of France (4’9”09 against 4’9”65).
“I felt great. There was a lot of stress this morning, but I was happy to break free in the water, reacted the 20-year-old Toulousain). It’s a pretty good race. I wanted to swim 4’10”, the contract is fulfilled. »
We have already seen that Bob Bowman’s protege in Phoenix has made progress in the ten months he has been training in the United States. Especially on the back. After 300 meters of racing, Léon Marchand was even 5 seconds ahead of his French record.
“It’s the playoffs, I don’t want to give it my all either. I think in breaststroke and crawl, I can give a little more tonight (final at 7:25 p.m.). Afterwards, the first 200m is perfect, that’s what I have to do again, he projected himself as soon as he got out of the water, and his face was a little scarred. I gave myself quite a bit, I don’t know what margin I would have for tonight. But I wanted to win the series to have a good line in the final. » He will have the most central and could, after his 6th Olympic place last summer, win a first world medal.
Grousset and Manaudou qualified in the 50m butterfly
In the 50m butterfly, Maxime Grousset and Florent Manaudou also made it through the heats. The youngest, 6th time (23”07) in the series dominated by Dylan Carter (22”87) ahead of Caeleb Dressel 22”88, described his race as ” good start. I felt good, I swam well. I did a little placed breathing, I landed right on the wall, it was perfect. I made my personal best in the morning. Let’s say I’m in good shape. »
For the eldest, it was also necessary to start the machine. With the 10th time in the series in 23”31, Florent Manaudou has taken his bearings: ” The first race is always special. It was cool having all the guys around and racing with the homies. It’s not an incredible level for me but I will try to qualify for the final this (Saturday) evening. The whole process of the warm-up, the call room, the press area, it’s important to know what to expect, it’s always different at each World Championship. »
Wattel “happy and reassured”
This morning also saw the good introduction of Marie Wattel in the 100m butterfly. Second in the series in 57”21, the Marseillaise was ” happy and reassured “. In a series that she had considered a little slow, she chose to work, also a good way to erase some doubts. ” This is around my best times in the morning in the international “competitions”. I was in doubt. In addition, we tried a little express sharpening to be efficient also this summer for the European Championships in August. We didn’t really know with Julien (Jacquier, his trainer), we said: “We try and we will see what happens”. I didn’t know what to expect, I thought to myself: “Trust yourself”. Behind the plot, I said to myself: “You know how to do it, you have already done it many times”. In the end, it’s good that it comes back naturally. »