They made an appointment in a year, in Paris, for the Olympics. Léon Marchand and Maxime Grousset were the locomotives of this French swimming team with 6 medals in total for the two swimmers, including 4 gold. It is quite simply a record edition for the French delegation which had never taken part in a World Cup with titles. Problem, of the 21 swimmers in competition, only 2 left with medals and the French women’s team achieved a zero point, quite worrying for the future. “Even if we did not achieve all the performances we expected, the results are positive, judge Julien Issoulié, the technical director of French swimming. There were extraordinary performances, like Léon or Maxime.
Léon Marchand, confirmation
Voted best swimmer at these Worlds, Léon Marchand confirmed that he would be one of the greatest swimmers of all time. In the 400m medley, he broke the world record for Michael Phelps, prompting applause from the Goat from the commentary booth. In the 200m butterfly, he made short work of the American Foster when he didn’t have to force his talent to win the 200m medley. On the other hand, a little disappointment not to have seen him galvanize the French team in the relay. “He always has this fluidity. He is very cool, very relaxed. He lives really well with others and brings this freshness. After Fukuoka, we will also be able to realize that Léon brings something new. The fact of being exemplary in everything he does, I think it catalyzes the whole group a bit” explained Julien Issoulié.
Maxime Grousset, finally!
Silver, bronze, and finally gold! Often on the box, the swimmer from New Caledonia finally won a gold medal in the individual and in the most beautiful way by winning the 100m butterfly final with ease. To this must be added the bronze medals in the 50m butterfly and the 100m freestyle.
The Manaudou disappointment
Olympic champion, world champion… Florent Manaudou completely missed the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka. On the relay at the start of the competition, but especially on the 50m, the captain of this French team finished very far from the best. “He just wasn’t there (at the time of the final) “judge Jacco Verhaeren who does not worry about his captain, able”to do great things in a year in Paris“.
Sarah Sjöström overtakes Phelps
We also cannot talk about these 2023 Worlds without Queen Sarah Sjostrom. The Swede was crowned world champion in the 50m freestyle on Sunday July 30 and brought a 12th individual world title to her list. But, with a 21st medal, she is above all ahead of Michael Phelps and now sits alone at the top of the world hierarchy.
What date for the Worlds in 2024?
The 2024 World Swimming Championships will be held in January 2024 near Doha in Qatar.