Léon Marchand in the middle of the 200m butterfly, Anastasiia Kirpichnikova in the final of the 1500m… Tuesday’s must-see races

Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, in the 1,500m freestyle, aims for the podium on Tuesday, while Léon Marchand and the tricolor backs are also expected.


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Of Russian origin, Anastasiia Kirpichnikova was naturalized French last April and will compete with the Italian colors on Tuesday 25 July, in the final of the 1,500m freestyle, on the occasion of the Fukuoka world championships.  (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP)

Third day of competitions in Japan, on the occasion of the swimming world championships. The day after Maxime Grousset’s bronze medal in the 50m butterfly, the Blues will still have a few opportunities to shine on Tuesday 25 July at the Marine Messe pool in Fukuoka.

All eyes will first be on the longest race of the week, the 1,500m freestyle. Young Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (23) broke the oldest record in France in qualifying on Monday, held since 2006 by Laure Manaudou. She probably won’t compete for gold with American star, Katie Ledecky, but she is hoping to take the stage. Ditto for the duo of Italian back riders: Mewen Tomac and Yohann Ndoye-Brouard, respectively 4th and 5 times in the semifinals.

We will also need to count on the young Pauline Mahieu (24 years old), who on Monday broke the French record set by Laure Manaudou on the 100m backstroke (dating back to 2008), signing the 5th time (59″30) of the time. Finally, the new king of the pools, Léon Marchand, returns to dive two days after his world record in the 400m medley. He is engaged in the 200m butterfly, where he is the reigning world vice-champion, he will aim for one of the three best times to reach the final, scheduled for Wednesday.

The races not to be missed and the main registrations

1.10pm: Women’s 1,500m freestyle final (Anastasia Kirpichnikova and Katie Ledecky)
1.51pm: Women’s 100m back final (Pauline Maheu)
1.59pm: Men’s 100m back final (Mewen Tomac and Yohann Ndoye-Brouard)
2.13pm: Women’s 200m freestyle semi-finals (Summer McIntosh & Ariarne Titmus)
2.33pm: Men’s 200m butterfly semi-finals (Leon MarchandThomas Heilman and Tomoru Honda)

Which channel and which times?

12.59pm: start of live coverage on France 4 and france.tv
1.02pm: first race (200m freestyle H)
2.23pm: last race (100m breaststroke F)
2.51pm: End of broadcast

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