Sixth in the final this Sunday in the 400-meter medley, Leon Marchand attempted a tactical blow by taking a quick start. The Frenchman is already ambitious for the future, he who still has two medal chances in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
At only 19 years old, Léon Marchand gave himself great emotions this Sunday by participating in his first Olympic final. The young French swimmer finally took 6th place in the 400m medley. American Chase Kalisz won the gold medal.
“I tried to leave faster”
Kalisz, Olympic vice-champion in 2016, edged compatriot Jay Litherland and Australian Brendon Smith. But Marchand has long competed for a medal. “It was crazy to experience something like that. I admit that during the race, I was dead, especially at the end. I was all the time at full blast. But I was very focused on myself, that was cool. I would have preferred to do better, as usual but it’s still phew what I did, positivated Leon Marchand, interviewed at the microphone of RMC. This morning, I did everything what I could. I could not have gone faster. Swimming is at the key moment that you have to be good. This is not a ranking over the season. The Olympic final, c ‘is something else and for me it was my first even if it was the same for others. “
In the lead after 100 meters, Leon Marchand then cracked a bit, even if he took advantage of the breaststroke to hope for a medal. He will eventually have to be content with 6th place, which did not seem to satisfy him completely. “I tried to start faster than in my semi-final to see if I could hold on, Marchand explained. It was a bit tough at the end but at least I did a different tactic and I tested. “
The only Frenchman present in the final this Sunday, Leon Marchand has not yet finished his Olympic Games. He will also be involved in the 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter medley, where he will be able to aim again to reach the final. Even this time to achieve even better, with a medal at stake.