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Marchand Opens FINA World Championships With Second-Fastest 400 IM Time in History

Jun 18, 2022

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Rising Sun Devil sophomore Léon Marchand set the swimming world ablaze on Day 1 of the FINA World Championships, winning the 400 IM with a time of 4:04.28, now a European record and good for the second-fastest performance ever.

Marchand made a run at Michael Phelps' record of 4:03.84, which was set at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He's now just the second Frenchman to ever win a medal at the World Championships. The other? His father, Xavier Marchand, who captured a silver medal in the 200m IM at the 1998 World Championships in Perth.

Here's what fans and reporters around the world had to say following Marchand's dominance in Budapest.



















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