French swimming championships in Chartres: Léon Marchand pockets two new titles, 45 minutes apart

French swimming championships in Chartres: Léon Marchand pockets two new titles, 45 minutes apart
French swimming championships in Chartres: Léon Marchand pockets two new titles, 45 minutes apart

Without panicking the clock, but by measuring his efforts very well, Léon Marchand succeeded in the victorious sequence 200 m butterfly – 200 m breaststroke, this Wednesday, June 19, at the Odyssée. All with the Olympic minimums.

We had to make our way to him among the slew of microphones and cameras that surrounded him, a sign of the enormous enthusiasm he now arouses. But just seeing his happy face and his sparkling eyes, no doubt, Léon Marchand was satisfied with himself, at the end of a busy day, from which he expected a lot. A day full of lessons since he managed to tame this famous 200 m butterfly – 200 m breaststroke sequence, in just under an hour.

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“It’s a pretty weird duo of races, that not many people do, but I like what’s weird,” smiled the five-time world champion, emerging from the waters of L’Odyssée with two extra tickets for the Games Paris Olympics, when he had already qualified in the 400m medley on Monday.

I was a little numb, asleep. I had a hard time getting back into it. I didn’t eat enough, I should have had a small bar, I had a shutdown in the call room…

As he suspected, the butterfly didn’t really pose a problem for him. In 1’54”08, he clearly dominated his final, and quietly cleared the minimums, set at 1’55”78. “It’s one of my best times of the season, it’s really cool. » On the other hand, the breaststroke, at the very end of the program, was not a long, quiet river. Although his staff had carefully prepared for this day, the prodigy found himself flat in the call room. He says: “I was a little numb, asleep. I had a hard time getting back into it. I didn’t eat enough, I should have had a small bar, I had a “shutdown” in the call room…”

For a long time at an average pace for him, Léon Marchand finally had to work in the last length to get his qualification, with 2’08”95 for a minimum of 2’09”68. “There was muscular and mental fatigue, a bit of everything. The last 50 was hard, I knew we weren’t on time. I had to send, I had no more legs, no more arms. » But he pulled himself away, to the great delight of the public, who exploded as soon as the wall hit. “It was two big, high-intensity races, for today it was perfect. But we will have to swim much faster at the Games! »

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The Odyssey will also have vibrated this Wednesday, for the girls in the 200m backstroke, with Emma Terebo and Pauline Mahieu, both falling below the Olympic minimums. The same goes for the men’s 800m, with the tickets validated by the young Pacome Bricout, 19, and the more experienced David Aubry, after a big battle which left Damien Joly behind, despite the requested time. Hard…

Romain Léger

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