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Marie WATTEL
Sport Swimming
NOC France   
GenderWomen
Born02 Jun 1997 in Lille, FRA
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Loughborough, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Sport Management - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at an early age when her family lived in Mauritius. After moving to France, she joined her first club at age seven in Annecy.
Why this sport?
She enjoyed competitive swimming and later moved away from home to join Olympique Nice Natation in 2012.
Club / Team
Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille [FRA] / Loughborough University [ENG]:
Name of coach
Ian Hulme [Loughborough], GBR
General Interest
Hero / Idol
French swimmers Yannick Agnel, Camille Muffat and Clement Lefert. (cote-d-azur.france3.fr, 16 Apr 2013)
Ambitions
To qualify for the final of the 100m butterfly at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sport.francetvinfo.fr, 02 Aug 2019)
Other information
CHANGE IN TACTICS
She said changing her tactics in 2019 led to improved performances during the year, including at the world championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, where she won bronze in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay and reached the finals of both the 50m and 100m butterfly. "I would say I have mainly developed the way I manage races. With my coach I have sorted out things from a strategic point of view. I have also worked on being relaxed in the first 50 metres in order to be more effective in the second 50 metres." She said her self-belief improved after her performance in Gwangju. "It's true that I didn't expect to do so well. It allowed me to gain confidence in myself because I had lost it a bit with my results. It did me a lot of good mentally, and it's good to see that the work pays off." (sport.francetvinfo.fr, 02 Aug 2019; ledauphine.com, 12 Dec 2019)

MOVE TO ENGLAND
After four years based in Nice, France, in 2017 she moved abroad to study and train at Loughborough University in England. "After the Olympic Games in Rio, I struggled to see a future for myself where I was. 2016 was a complicated year, and I was the only butterfly specialist in our group in Nice. I needed a different dynamic and one where my speciality [butterfly] could flourish. The United States of America was a bit too far for me, so I went online to the British Swimming website, checked the rankings, and found clubs that were strong in butterfly. I discovered Loughborough, and I contacted the coach who said I was welcome to try out. Everything went well and I stayed. The training is very different to what I am used to. There is a lot less focus on total mileage, and much more focus on intensity." (midilibre.fr, 16 Apr 2019; mariewattel.com, 01 May 2019; club-sarcelles-natation-95.com, 19 Aug 2017; n1nside.fr, 09 Mar 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 56.27
9 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 53.12
14 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.76
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 58.90
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 57.29
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 25.50
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:22.11
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 58.84
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 27.77
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Butterfly 57.45 
14 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 53.66 
18 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 26.38 
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.13
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:09.83
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 58.48
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 26.15
5 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 57.37
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.07
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.32
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.92
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 58.52
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 54.52
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly  DNS
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.65
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.86
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:22.07
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:59.85
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 59.27
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 2:14.06
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Butterfly 26.90
Heats 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
4 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 59.18
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:12.35
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 26.68
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:06.19
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 55.97
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 52.25
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 25.73
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle  DNS
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:36.58
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.35
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Butterfly 2:11.44
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 59.01
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Butterfly 26.40
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Paris, FRA 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.46
6 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:11.89