The new leader of French swimming Léon Marchand won the silver medal in the 200m butterfly, behind Hungarian Kristof Milak, who broke the world record in 1:50:34 on Tuesday at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest. Three days after his title in the 400m medley, Marchand won a second medal in the Hungarian capital with a time of 1 min 53 sec 37, quite far from Milak, but ahead of the Japanese Tomoru Honda (1 min 53 sec 61). After beating his personal best in the semi-finals on Monday, the 20-year-old Toulousain improved his best mark again in the final on Tuesday.

His evening must continue with the semi-finals of the 200m medley, a race in which he can also aim for a medal. Two years before the Paris Olympics, Marchand has established himself as the new sensation in French swimming. He has been training since September in the United States with Bob Bowman, the former mentor of the best swimmer in history Michael Phelps.