Marchand can handle Paris Olympics pressure

Legendary swimming educate Bob Bowman said Sunday that he believes Leon Marchand can take care of the pressure at subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics after “a superb rehearsal” at the arena championships.

French sensation Marchand has been one of the stars of the opposition this week in Fukuoka, claiming 3 gold medals and breaking Michael Phelps’s lengthy-status 400m character medley global file.

Bowman mentored Phelps to exceptional Olympic success and he now coaches Marchand at Arizona State in the US.

Marchand will face huge expectancies at the Paris Games however Bowman stated the 21-12 months-vintage “were given better while the pressure became maximum” this week in Japan.

“That’s something Michael always did – that’s what the incredible ones do,” said Bowman, who is serving as head train of the United States crew in Fukuoka.

“When the stress is on, they upward push to satisfy it.”Bowman said Marchand stocks the identical “attitude” as Phelps, the maximum embellished Olympian of all time with a brilliant 28 medals.

“That’s some thing that Leon needed to improve on to get to this level, so it’s excellent to peer him grow to be that type of person,” said Bowman.Marchand broke Phelps’s 400m IM file through more than a 2d on the opposition’s commencing night time, coming domestic in a time of 4min, 02.50sec.

Phelps’s benchmark of 4:03.84 had stood because the 2008 Beijing Olympics and become swimming’s oldest world report.

Marchand followed that up by winning the 200m butterfly and 200m IM titles.

Bowman said it “stays to be visible” what the Frenchman can acquire at the Paris Olympics.

“There goes to be quite a few expectations, but I experience like he is performed a very good practice session this yr and closing 12 months,” he said.

“It’s been exact training for what’s going to take place subsequent yr, and we will try to deliver that over into Paris.”

The US have endured a disappointing international championships in Fukuoka below Bowman, and went into the final day with no desire of catching Australia in the medals desk.

The Americans have won most effective four gold medals, as compared to 13 for Australia and 5 for China.

Bowman stated his team had made “a extremely good attempt”.

“Obviously we like to win more gold medals and I think we will,” he said.

“There are some of motives for that, each larger-photo ones and smaller ones, however average I’m thrilled with how we raced.”

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