At 19, Léon Marchand finished sixth in his first Olympic final, the 400m medley, won by the American Chase Kalisz.
??? Léon Marchand finished in sixth place in the 400-meter medley final
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No medal, but already a great experience for Léon Marchand! At only 19 years old, the French swimmer played his first Olympic final this Saturday morning (the finals take place in the morning to satisfy American television, which broadcasts them in the early evening) and he took a good sixth place. On the 400m medley, the Toulousain was in the lead after the butterfly, then fell to seventh place after the backstroke, before moving up to fourth thanks to the breaststroke, and therefore finishing sixth, in 4’11 ″ 16, after the crawl. The Olympic title goes to the American Chase Kalisz (4’09 ″ 42), ahead of his compatriot Jay Litherland (4’10 ″ 28) and the Australian Brendon Smith (4’10 ″ 38). Kalisz trained for a long time with Bob Bowman in Arizona. A coach with whom Léon Marchand will now work for Paris 2024. It promises!