And two medals for the French team! After Léon Marchand’s gold in the 400m medley, Marie Wattel took silver in the 100m butterfly, setting a new French record. The 25-year-old Frenchwoman, European champion in the distance in 2021, was overtaken by the American Torri Huske (55’64), the Chinese Yufei Zhang (56”41) completes the podium.
“Honestly, I didn’t believe it at all”she admitted after her race. “When I saw my half, I said to myself that I did not have much margin. So I was trying not to get carried away […] In the end, the last 15-20 meters, I put everything. I put all my rage of the last years and it pays off! »
In addition to her medal, she set herself a new personal best and improved her own French record. Very moved as often, Marie Wattel, 6th in the final of the Tokyo Olympics last year, measured the progress made since her debut.
“There are a lot of emotions”she breathed between two sobs. “I made my first French team, I was 16 years old. I make my first medal (world) at 25 years old in individual. Many doubts, many failures and very hard times. it feels good. »