After Maxime Grousset’s silver in the 100m freestyle, after Analia Pigrée’s bronze in the 50m backstroke, Léon Marchand completed the exceptional tricolor harvest by picking up the gold in the 200m medley this Wednesday at the Budapest Worlds. Grand!

Absolutely historic! Léon Marchand has become a phenomenon in Budapest these days by winning no less than three world medals. An unprecedented performance for a French swimmer – only Catherine Plewinski and Laure Manaudou having succeeded in such a raid on the World Swimming Championships in the past.

Already crowned in the 400m medley, and silver in the 200m butterfly, the young 20-year-old from Toulouse reigned supreme in the 200m freestyle this Wednesday in Hungarian waters. A specialty which until then had only given France a world podium – in 1998 in Perth – to a certain Xavier Marchand, his father. Double world champion on the same edition, we had not seen this in tricolor swimming since Florent Manaudou in 2015 in Kazan (on 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly).

“I said to myself: ‘It’s my turn'”

Frankly it’s amazing. I saw the French before me win two medals, I said to myself: “Now it’s my turn”. I feel like there’s something pretty special going on in this teamdixit the interested party, of a confusing freshness to hot, on the antenna of France TV. I really liked this position (in the 5e water line, editor’s note), I was in the middle I could see everything that was going on. I managed to manage and do my race. After the 100m, I still had a lot of energy left, which allowed me to be strong in the breaststroke. The crawl then, you just had to touch the wall quickly. ” Easy…