Frenchman Marchand broke Phelps' world record at the distance of 400 meters in the medley

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Frenchman Marchand broke Phelps' world record in the 400-meter individual medley

Leon Marchand/Illustrative photo from open sources

French swimmer Leon Marchand set a new world record  ii 400-meter individual medley.

Marchand took first place in the final swim at the World Aquatics Championships held in Fukuoka, Japan. He showed a result of 4 minutes and 2.5 seconds, reports

American Carson Foster took second place (4.06 seconds behind), Japanese Daiya Seto took third (+6.91).

The previous world record belonged to the 23-time Olympic champion American Michael Phelps (4.03.84), he set it at the 20 Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing.

Prior to the World Championships in Fukuoka, Phelps' result in the 400-meter individual medley was the last personal world record of an American that had not been broken. He also holds world records in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

Marchand is 21 years old. He won gold in the 400m and 200m individual medley, as well as silver in the 200m butterfly at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships. 

Michael Phelps, now 38 years old, holds the all-time record for the most gold medals (23) and total medals (28) in Olympic history.

As previously reported BAGNET, Ukrainian women won bronze at the World Aquatics Championship in artistic swimming.

Prepared by Serhiy Daga