On the Stage 2 set, Sunday evening, Léon Marchand confirmed what we were suggesting on June 23 on leparisien.fr. The tricolor hero of the Budapest Worlds, returned from Hungary in the middle of the afternoon with two gold medals (400 m medley and 200 m medley), a silver (200 m butterfly) and a trophy for best swimmer of the competition, will not participate in the European Championships in Rome (August 11 to 17).
“I will train in France with Nicolas Castel (Editor’s note: his co-trainer) for three to four weeks, explained on the set the Toulouse expatriate in Arizona, and I will take a break. I think I have fulfilled my objectives for this year, I have been working very hard for two years and I know that in my development I need to come back fresher. »
Castel confided to us during the week that it would be necessary to know how to manage the rest times of the new prodigy of the Blues in the long road which leads to Olympic gold in Paris in 2024. “Léon has made big World Championships and big seasons, explained the TOEC Dauphin technician. He hasn’t stopped since the end of the 2020 confinement. We trained for a year for the Tokyo Games and then he went directly to the United States. So it’s been almost two and a half years non-stop. »
Thomas Sammut, the Frenchman’s mental trainer, also noted how important it is to know how to protect the rising star. “Leon is not Michael Phelps, he breathed. I don’t want us to do too much to get him world records if in a year he cracks. When Phelps ended his first career (between 2012 and 2014), he sank into depression, alcohol, drugs. If we can avoid that in Leon…”
While his comrades from the France team will challenge the Italians, the best European nation in the Worlds, at Foro Italico, Marchand will be preparing to take the road to Tempe, in the suburbs of Phoenix, for the start of the American university year. The selection for the Euros will be known around mid-July.