Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP 17:29 pm, July 27, 2023After the third gold medal won by Léon Marchand this Thursday at the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, the Capitole de Toulouse, home city of the tricolor prodigy, will light up in the colors of the club that saw the swimmer hatch. Jean-Luc Moudenc, the mayor of the pink city, announced it in the afternoon on Twitter.
Léon Marchand is unstoppable. The French prodigy continues to pile up gold medals at the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. This Thursday, he triumphed in the 200m 4 medley, obtaining the fifth world title of his young career, the third during this 2023 edition. One year before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the 21-year-old swimmer confirms his status as a new superstar of French sport. To the point of receiving the honors of his city of birth.
"Celebrating our Toulouse hero"
In Toulouse, the Capitol will be illuminated in the evening in green and white, colors of the club of Léon Marchand, announced the mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc on Twitter. "Tonight, the Capitol will be illuminated in green and white, in the historic colors of the Toec Dolphins, the best club in France, to celebrate our Toulouse hero, the most successful French swimmer in history in the world championship!" he wrote on the social network, renamed X.
Congratulations to @leon_marchand for this 3rd gold medal at the World Swimming #Fukuoka2023 !!
Toulouse is the city of all sports and the capital of French swimming!♂️
Tonight the Capitol will be illuminated in green and white, in the historic colors of the...
— Jean-Luc Moudenc (@jlmoudenc) July 27, 2023
Left in 2021 in the United States to join Bob Bowman, former coach of swimming legend Michael Phelps, Marchand is still licensed in Toulouse. He also kept his long-time coach, Nicolas Castel, with whom he returned to swim in June at the end of the American academic year. With five gold medals, Léon Marchand is already the most successful Frenchman in the history of the Worlds. At only 21 years old.