For the third day of the World Swimming Championships, the French did not manage to get on the box despite several finals.
For the third day of the World Swimming Championships, the French delegation had several chances for medals starting with the 1500m with the Frenchwoman Anastasiia Kirpichnikova. But in this race, largely dominated by American legend Katie Ledecky (she won her 20th long-course title, her 5th over the distance), the swimmer trained by Philippe Lucas, in contention for the podium for a large part of the race, finally failed in 4th place, but still broke his French record. In the women's 100m backstroke, Pauline Mahieu fell short and finished in 6th place in a final won by Australian Kaylee McKeown while in the men's Mewen Tomac and Yohann Ndoye Brouard failed to climb the box (8th and 5th) in a very tough final won by the American Murphy. The good news of the day once again came from Léon Marchand, easily qualified for the 200m butterfly final by winning his semi-final.
"It was good, I used myself well. I saw that in the first semi-final, it was swimming very fast. It was necessary to swim 1'54 to pass, that's what I did. So I I'm happy. I don't think I managed, after unconsciously, it's not a final so I'm not at 120% but there I really hurt everywhere. So I think I used myself well, I did a great race. That's pretty much what I did last year in the semi-finals, I'm doing a little better this morning and tonight, so it's perfect. I'm thinking about the next stage (... ) This morning I didn't really use myself, I don't know how I did it because I still swam 1.55 but I think it was one of the 200 paps I did the most easy. Tonight I was more tense" analyzed the Frenchman after the race.
Among the other results of the evening in Japan, the long-awaited final of the men's 200m freestyle was won by the Englishman Richards ahead of his compatriot Dean and the Korean Hwang while the Romanian David Popovici, reigning world champion, did not isn't even on the podium. During the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke, the favorites made an appointment for the final with the qualifications in particular of the Italian Martinenghi and the Chinese Qin, already world champion in the 100m breaststroke. In the 200m freestyle semi-finals, Summer McIntosh showed that she will be one of the favorites for the final by qualifying easily.
Twenty-two years later, the city of Fukuoka in Japan is hosting the World Long Course Swimming Championships.
During the two weeks of competition, there will be 6 disciplines and 75 events. The races will start on July 23 and end on July 30.
What TV broadcast for the world swimming championships?
These World Championships in Japan will be followed live on france.tv and France 4 with Christian Choupin and Camille Lacourt.
For the World Championships in Japan, the tricolor delegation is important with 32 French people. Among them, there is Florent Manaudou, Charlotte Bonnet or Léon Marchand who is eagerly awaited.
Like Kylian Mbappé in football or Victor Wembanyama in basketball, Léon Marchand continues to be talked about. He belongs to this young generation of precocious French athletes in performance. At 21, he is already world champion in the 200m medley and the 400m medley. In the 200m butterfly, he is world vice-champion. During the 2023 French Championships in Rennes in June 2023, the Toulousain took gold in the 5 events where he lined up.
But most impressively, he broke a Michael Phelps record in the 200m medley at the Pro Swim Series last April. A feat now overshadowed by his historic performance at the 2023 World Swimming Championships. On July 23, Léon Marchand won gold in the 400m medley, thus winning his 3rd world title and above all smashing the record held since 2008 on this proof by Michael Phelps.
Out of breath? Florent Manaudou has not left an image of a swimmer tired of success in recent weeks. Laure Manaudou's little brother won the gold medal in his favorite stroke, the 50m freestyle. Better, he achieved in Rennes on June 15, the best world performance of the year. Florent Manaudou will arrive in Japan with certainty and once again unshakable confidence. It is the first time that he will swim again during the World Championships in long course. His last appearance in this competition dates back to 2015.