Léon Marchand and Charlotte Bonnet in the final, Thomas Ceccon world record holder in the 100m backstroke

Objective fulfilled for Charlotte Bonnet and Léon Marchand, this Monday in Budapest (Hungary). The native of Enghien-les-Bains finished 3rd in her semi-final of the 200m freestyle, in 1’56”54. With the 4th best time in the halves, she qualifies for the final of the event, which will take place on Tuesday at 6:17 p.m.

For his part, after his first world title in the 400m medley on Saturday, Léon Marchand finished second in his half of the 200m butterfly, behind the Swiss Noe Ponti (in 1’54”32). He thus beats the French record of Franck Esposito, which dated from 2002, and will be present in the final, Tuesday at 6:54 p.m.

At the start of this evening, the Romanian David Popovici became, at the age of 17, world champion in the 200m freestyle. With a time of 1’43”21, he became the first Romanian to win this title and the fourth fastest man in history over the distance (removing, as a bonus, the junior world record). He finished ahead of Korean Hwang Sun-woo and Briton Tom Dean.

Another title for Katie Ledecky

On 1500 meters, Katie Ledecky gleaned her 4th world title, she who had already achieved two other world “quadruplets” on 400 m and 800 m. The American finished almost 15 seconds ahead of her compatriot Katie Grimes, with a time of 15’30”15. On Friday, she will have the opportunity to win a 5th world title in the 800m, the 18th of her career. At only 25, she could become the third to achieve a quintuplet in the same event, after Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly and the Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in the 400m medley.

For her part, by winning the 100m backstroke in 58”22, Regan Smith became the 3rd American to win the 100 and 200m backstroke at the Worlds, after Linda Jezek and Missy Franklin in 1978 and 2013. The only Frenchwoman involved, Emma Terebo took 5th place with a time of 59”98.

Ceccon breaks 100m backstroke world record

Among the men, double trouble for the American Ryan Murphy. Beaten by Thomas Ceccon for the gold medal in the 100m backstroke, he saw the Italian beat his world record dating from the Rio Olympics in 2016. The 21-year-old swimmer won in 51”60. Hunter Armstrong took third place, leaving Frenchman Yohann Ndoye-Brouard at the foot of the podium (in 52”50).

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