At the swimming world championships, a new chance for a medal on Monday evening for the French team: in the 100m backstroke with Yohann Ndoye-Brouard. This great hope, who revealed a year ago to suffer from an eye disease, now wears special swimming goggles.
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The images had gone around the world last summer at the Tokyo Olympics: Yohann Ndoye-Brouard, blinded by the light, hitting the wall of the pool with his head during his turn in the semi-final of the 100m backstroke. Disqualified, he then explained to suffer from keratoconus, a deformation of the cornea.
Since then, he has undergone laser surgery and his equipment supplier and opticians have developed new swimming goggles, which he will experience for the first time in a major international competition. “I did three or four competitions with these glasses, and I put them on every day in training, so I no longer see the difference with classic glasses. I’m not used to that.”
“It reassures me, I am more serene behind the cone, more serene before attacking a competition. I know that I will not have sight problems.”Yohann Ndoye-Brouard
Thanks to these goggles, the swimmer from Annecy says he is relieved, as if all traces of apprehension had disappeared. This help is all the more precious as it hardly changes anything in his swimming technique, explains Yohann Ndoye-Brouard: “My technique hasn’t changed, I still have the same number of arm strokes over 50m.”
At 21, he hopes to finally turn the page on Tokyo and already has the Paris 2024 Games in sight.