Eyeing for Retired Legend Michael Phelps’s Last Standing World Record, These Three Swimmers Stand 0.5 Seconds Apart From Glory

Published 07/05/2023, 7:51 PM EDT

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Amidst his retirement from competitive swimming stands Michael Phelps—an iconic figure who looms large over this realm even today. As swimmers aspire for glory, their attention inevitably falls upon the remarkable Michael Phelps. Phelps established a lasting world record of 4:03.84 in the men’s 400m IM during the prestigious 2008 Beijing Olympics. This extraordinary feat surpassed his own previous world record of 4:05.25, which he had achieved at the US Olympic Trials held in June 2008.

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Yet, undeterred by this seemingly insurmountable challenge, three incomparable athletes—Leon Marchand, Carson Foster, and Daiya Seto find themselves tantalizingly close to breaking this barrier. They are separated from victory by a just few seconds and continue to push themselves relentlessly toward achieving glory.

Three elite swimmers close in on Michael Phelps’ world record in 400m Individual Medley

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The swimming community is filled with excitement as Leon Marchand, Carson Foster, and Daiya Seto take the lead in their mission to break Michael Phelps’ world record in the 400m individual medley. Remarkable performances unfolded in 2023 as Leon Marchand from France claimed first place, Daiya Seto from Japan secured silver, and Carson Foster represented the United States admirably.

Marchand delivered an extraordinary display at Westmont by achieving an astonishing time of 4:07.08, a pro series swimming record. Seto deserves accolades for his remarkable performance at the Japan swim/World Championship trials, where he secured silver with a superb time of 4:07.92. By this, he not only secured himself a spot on the podium but also set a new Asian record, establishing himself as one of history’s quickest performers in this event. Furthermore, during day two of the Southern Sectionals meet in Austin, Texas, Foster clocked an impressive time of 4:08.46, truly showcasing his potential.

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The approaching Fukuoka World Championships now intensifies speculations over which one out of the three formidable swimmers—Daiya Seto, Carson Foster, and Leon Marchand—will emerge victoriously as the undeniable ultimate champion.

The fierce battle for Fukuoka Champion among the contenders

Daiya Seto, the talented swimmer from Japan, is highly anticipated to claim the gold medal in both the 200m IM and 400m IM events at the prestigious Fukuoka World Championships. Not only is he a formidable defender of these titles, but he also holds the world records in both events. Furthermore, his exceptional performance at the Melbourne 2022 Short Course World Championships, where he solidified his qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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Nonetheless, there will be formidable competition awaiting him in the form of Carson Foster from the United States. Foster earned a bronze medal behind Seto in Melbourne and has shown consistent improvement since his Olympic debut in Tokyo. Notably. Foster holds the American record in the 200m individual medley. Making him a strong contender for the gold medal in that event.

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Additionally, France’s Leon Marchand should not be overlooked as a serious contender. Marchand claimed silver in the 200m IM event in Budapest. Moreover, he exhibits versatility as a swimmer and can present challenges to both Seto and Foster in events like the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly.

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