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21YO Aiming To Be France’s Michael Phelps, Surprisingly Found To Share Uncanny Similarities After Texas Rangers vs Arizona Diamondbacks Game Appearance

Published 11/02/2023, 1:02 AM EDT

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French swimming sensation Leon Marchand was the lucky charm for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In August, the 400 IM world record holder threw the first pitch on behalf of the MLB standout at their stomping ground of Chase Field. He was given that honor by virtue of his deep ties with the community in Arizona. As an ASU all-American athlete and NCAA triathlon winner, Marchand has become a beloved figure in the state. To add to his allure, the Diamondbacks won the game 4-3 against the Texas Rangers.

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Leon Marchand reciprocated the courtesy by turning up for yesterday’s matchup. He was there to show support for the Arizona Diamondbacks and lent his voice to the thousands of fans from the bleachers. However, after the results, Leon Marchand’s lucky charm factor was called into question.

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The Arizona Diamonds rekindled their rivalry with the Texas Rangers in the MLB matchup from yesterday. They faced off their strong opponents at Chase Field, where the roaring fans instilled a heightened sense of excitement. Legendary swimmer Leon Marchand took a break from his Olympic training with Michael Phelps’ trainer Bob Bowman to attend the game. His presence has been auspicious in the past for the home team.

Therefore, the fans and the players alike were anticipating a repeat victory from August. Leon Marchand captured the electrifying atmosphere in the arena in an Instagram video. The fans were waving the Diamondbacks’ colors and chanting their names at the top of their lungs. However, all that enthusiasm turned into disappointment as the game progressed. The Rangers gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a crushing defeat on Wednesday after five games.


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This was the first time in history that the Texas Rangers reached the World Series. After the Game 4 results, the rivals were leading 11-7, while the Diamondbacks were far behind at 3-1. Although the loss was devastating, the swimming world’s heavy representation in the game created a huge buzz. Besides Leon Marchand, another swimming legend found a place of honor at Chase Field during yesterday’s match.

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Leon Marchand became the worthy successor of Michael Phelps after he broke the swimming GOAT’s 400-meter individual medley world record. Phelps had created the mark at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The French swimmer bettered the time by almost 0.13 seconds at the 2023 World Swimming Championships.

He currently trains in the United States under famous coach Bob Bowman and is preparing to shatter more of the Baltimore Bullet’s records at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Despite his ambitions, Marchand shares a close relationship with Michael Phelps, who has applauded the young talent.

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Michael Phelps’ presence was felt by all, including Leon Marchand, at Wednesday’s game. The Arizona Diamondbacks had mounted a promo banner for the swimming ace at Chase Field. Despite losing his record and retiring from the sport, Michael Phelps continues to hold sway over the athletic world.

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Written by:

Anchal Ahuja


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Anchal Ahuja is a US sports author for Essentially Sports. Her passion for storytelling and creating insights led her to delve into sports journalism. As an ardent follower of swimming, she idolizes the Baltimore Bullet Michael Phelps and draws inspiration from her famous quote, “The more you dream, the more you achieve.
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Brandon Gabriel