Disturbed sleep, absent competition, why Léon Marchand is still getting accustomed to Chartres

Disturbed sleep, absent competition, why Léon Marchand is still getting accustomed to Chartres
Disturbed sleep, absent competition, why Léon Marchand is still getting accustomed to Chartres

FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIPS – With already a title in his pocket in the 400m medley but without the satisfaction of a job well done, Léon Marchand is tackling a double day, Wednesday, between 200m butterfly and 200m breaststroke. A crucial step in its preparation for the 2024 Olympics

From our special correspondent,

Seeing the stands of the Chartres swimming pool half as full as the day before, this Tuesday, a day of rest for Léon Marchand at the French championships, we say to ourselves that French swimming really only has eyes for its phenomenon. We can hardly blame the public as the appearances of the young expatriate in the United States are rare here, but we border on an error of judgment. For two reasons.

One, Maxime Grousset and Florent Manaudou achieved the Olympic minimums on Tuesday in the 100m freestyle in the morning heats, suggesting good things to come. So it was a shame to deprive yourself of it. Two, Léon Marchand is in training at the French championships. His time and sensations in the 400m medley, which he considered disappointing on Monday despite the national distance title and the Olympic minimums achieved without trembling, are a good example of this. Before the start of the week, he only had one reference dating from April in San Antonio, and a time of 4’11”21. Without forgetting the lack of competition around him which could well weigh on him more than he imagines.

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