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Aurélie MULLER
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC France   
Born07 Jun 1990 in Sarreguemines, FRA
Height1.69 m
Weight 57 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Montpellier, FRA
Athlete, Student
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming when she was a baby. At age 12 she was selected to represent her school.
Club / Team
CN Sarreguemines: France
Name of coach
Phillipe Lucas [personal], FRA, from 2015
Training Regime
She swims up to eight kilometres every morning, followed by two sessions of strength training and Crossfit.
General Interest
Cooking, gliding, extreme sports, listening to music. (Facebook page, 15 Feb 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams." (dailynews.openwaterswimming.com, 15 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the European Swimming Federation [LEN] Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2015. (swimswam.com, 07 Jan 2016)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lequipe.fr, 10 Oct 2017)
Other information
She was disqualified in the 10km open water race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after judges ruled that she had pushed Italian swimmer Rachele Bruni's arm down to stop her touching the board at the end. The pair were battling for second place at the end of the race. At the end of 2016 the disqualification still affected her. "What happened in Rio is now part of me, of my story, whether I like it or not. I'll have to live with that. I cannot say if it hurts me, but as soon as I see a Rio medallist, a report, it stirs me. As soon as I see Brazil on a sign or on products, I turn my head." (leparisien.fr, 29 Dec 2016; ONS, 15 Aug 2016)

In late 2014 she parted ways with her first trainer, Olivier Antoine, after 10 years working together, and went to train in Victoria, BC, Canada, under the guidance of Ron Jack. She returned to France in 2015, where she joined the team of renowned coach Philippe Lucas. "I'm very happy to be with him now. He has made me mentally stronger. I'm now more confident." (lemonde.fr, 28 Jul 2015)

She became the first French open water swimmer to win a world title when she claimed gold in the 10km open water event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 28 Jul 2015)

She has the phrase 'Chase your dreams' tattooed on her right foot. (dailynews.openwaterswimming.com, 15 Nov 2015)

 Competition Highlights
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 16:45.50
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 16:42.79
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:28:25.3
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:00:13.7
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 59:10.5
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:05.9
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 5:16:07.5
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:58:04.3
11 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 56:50.9
9 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 56:46.5
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 55:26.3
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 1:00:40.1
41 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:09:23.7
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 2:07:00.1
4 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:56:09.2
6 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 56:39.8
4 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:01:09.3
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2017   10km  
1 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:52:35.3
1 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:05.00
1 2015 Nouméa, NCL 10km 2:09:18.70
15 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:50.9
4 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:10:15.35
6 2011 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:12:31.35
8 2009 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:52:46.56
2 2008 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:56:30.47
69 2007   10km