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Marc-Antoine OLIVIER
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC France   
Born18 Jun 1996 in Valenciennes, FRA
Height1.88 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Montpellier, FRA
Athlete, Serves in the Navy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Denain, France. He began open water swimming at age 15.
Why this sport?
His father and brother were both swimmers.
Club / Team
Denain Natation Porte Du Hainaut [FRA] / Navy [FRA]:
Name of coach
Philippe Lucas [personal], FRA, from 2015
Training Regime
He trains in the pool for more than five hours a day, swimming 80km per week. His training also includes gym sessions and one hour of running.
General Interest
Marco (bfmtv.com, 16 Aug 2016)
Beach volleyball. (lavoixdunord.fr, 16 Oct 2017)
He sustained an injury to his bicep muscle at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. (lavoixdunord.fr, 30 May 2018)

His training was disrupted ahead of the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, after he was diagnosed with a bone marrow oedema in his left foot two weeks before the start of the competition. He went on to win two gold medals and a bronze at the championships. (dicodusport.fr, 19 Aug 2017, 05 Dec 2017; fina.org, 01 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

He was presented with the 2017 International Swimming Federation [FINA] Best Male Open Water Swimmer Award. (fina.org, 02 Dec 2017)

He was named Knight of the Order of Merit by the French government in 2016. (legifrance.gouv.fr, 01 Dec 2016)
To become Olympic champion in open water swimming, and to qualify for the 1500m freestyle event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (ffnatation.fr, 20 Nov 2017)
Other information
He became the first French male open water swimmer to win a world title when he claimed gold in the 5km open water race at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018; fina.org, 01 Dec 2017)

In 2015 he relocated to Narbonne, France, to train under the guidance of French coach Philippe Lucas. "My results were not good enough. I knew I had the level but could not do something big. It was when I began training with Lucas that I started telling myself that I could reach the highest level." In 2017 he again followed Lucas when the coach relocated from Narbonne to Montpellier, France. (dicodusport.fr, 05 Dec 2017; midilibre.fr, 12 Dec 2017)

 Competition Highlights
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 1500m Freestyle 15:29.56
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Freestyle 3:52.95
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 54:31.4
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:51:59.2
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:05.9
  2015 Kazan, RUS 25km  DNF
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:50:06.4
11 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 56:50.9
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km 53:06.7
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:49:34.7
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km - Team Relay 52:46.7
3 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:55:21.6
  2014 Berlin, GER 5 km  DSQ
6 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 56:39.8
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019   10km  
1 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:56:02.00
4 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:01.9
20 2017   10km  
4 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:45:55.1
  2017 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km  DNF
1 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:47:39.60
2 2015 Nouméa, NCL 10km 1:56:56.20