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Arizona State’s Léon Marchand crushes Michael Phelps’ last-standing world record

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On the first day of the world swimming championships in Fukuoka, Japan today, ASU’s Léon Marchand, representing France, shattered Michael Phelps’ 400m IM world record time by over a second.

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The 21-year-old Marchand recorded a time of 4:02.50 to defeat Phelps’ record time of 4:03.84. Phelps held the world record in the event since 2002 and most recently set it in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This was the longest-kept world record time in any Olympic event since World War II, according to Swimming Stats, and Phelps’ last-standing world record.

“That was insane,” Marchand said in interviews afterwards, according to NBC Sports. “That was one of the most painful things I did. … The best is yet to come.”

Phelps’ career-long coach, Bob Bowman, also trains with Marchand at Arizona State. Marchand swam the second-fastest time in the event at worlds last year, missing out on Phelps’ record by 0.44 seconds.

The record-breaking moment today happened while Phelps was on the broadcast.

“I’m just happy I have the longest-standing world record,” Phelps said seconds after Marchand finished. “I said to Bob (Bowman) earlier this year, ‘I think this kid has the potential to break four minutes.’”

In his first two years at Arizona State, Manchard put together quite an impressive resume.

Léon Marchand Arizona State accolades (via ASU profile)

Marchand is set to swim in the 200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke and 200m IM throughout the rest of the eight-day world swimming championships.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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