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Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC France   
Born13 Feb 1994 in Paris, FRA
Height1.91 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Fontainebleau, FRA
Athlete, Serves in the Army
English, French, German, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Savigny-le-Temple, France, and took up open water swimming in 2008.
Why this sport?
"I love swimming in the wild. We see trees. This is better than counting tiles at the bottom of the pool."
Club / Team
AAS Sarcelles Natation 95 [FRA] / Army [FRA]: France
Name of coach
Magali Merino [personal], FRA, from 2004
Training Regime
He trains at least five hours a day, swimming 100km per week.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 25km event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (ffnatation.fr, 21 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Magali Merino. (lequipe.fr, 21 Jul 2017)
He suffered a cut to his head after colliding with a buoy during the 10km event at the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. Despite the injury he finished the race in ninth, and went on to win the 25km event a few days later. (lemonde.fr, 17 Aug 2014)
Other sports
He represented France in swimming at the 2017 World Cup event in Canet-en-Rousillon, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Aug 2017)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lepape-info.com, 19 Apr 2018)
Other information
He is grateful for the influence coach Magali Merino has had on his career. "That I am still swimming is thanks to her. I have progressed because she is always there pushing me. Magali, her husband and her son have been like a second family. Even when they bought a house in Champagne-sur-Seine [in France], they gave me a little studio at the bottom of the garden." (leparisien.fr, 28 Aug 2014)

 Competition Highlights
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:12.81
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:02:46.4
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 4:55:55.8
12 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:50:28.4
22 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km 55:31.8
40 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:50:33.0
20 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 4:53:47.2
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km 52:41.7
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 25km 4:58:03.4
1 2016 Hoorn, NED 25km 5:02:22.0
9 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:50:07.6
1 2014 Berlin, GER 25km 4:59:18.8
15 2012 Piombino, ITA 10km 1:59:57.8
3 2012 Piombino, ITA 25km 5:04:06.3
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018   10km  
9 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:27.8
3 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:55:59.10
4 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:43.0
43 2017   10km  
22 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:46:11.1
28 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:32.8
5 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:47:48.20
5 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:50
1 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:57:52.1
3 2015 Nouméa, NCL 10km 1:57:24.40