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The swimmer, trained by Philippe Lucas, finished more than eight seconds behind the winner, American Bobby Finke, at the world championships in Budapest on Tuesday.
They were stronger than him. The Frenchman Damien Joly tried to hang on in the final of the 800 meters of the World Championships in Budapest, Tuesday June 21. But he fell on bones with, in particular, the American Bobby Finke who won the world title ahead of the German Florian Wellbrock and the Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk. The first three are held in less than a second at the finish. With a time of 7’48″10, Philippe Lucas’ swimmer said to himself “a little disappointed with the weather” but already has the 1,500 meters in sight on Wednesday.
He also wanted to come back to his race and the strategy put in place on these eight round trips. “The last 300 meters was tough physically. I knew it was going to go fast. I don’t have the capacity to do that yet. I stayed behind to make the best time possible, he explained at the microphone of France Télévisions. In his head, it’s very clear, the ambitions are in two years, at the Olympic Games: “The objective is Paris 2024. We have a great French team with young people who perform and a very good emulation.”