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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
Partner Oceane Cassignol
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Denain, France, and took up open water swimming at age 15.
Why this sport?
His father and brother were both swimmers. Once he joined a prospects training centre in Rouen, France, he was invited by coach Eric Boissiere to try open water swimming. "I liked the adaptation aspect and the strategy game of open water swimming. It is not always the best swimmer who wins, but who plays better his options."
Club / Team
Dunkerque Natation: France
Name of coach
Fabrizio Antonelli [personal], ITA, from 2021
Training Regime
He trains at the High Performance Training Centre in Ostia, Italy.
General Interest
Marco (bfmtv.com, 16 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 5km event at the 2012 European Junior Championships in Kocaeli, Turkey. (sport24.lefigaro.fr, 16 Jul 2019)
In December 2017 he sustained a fracture in his sacrum bone [base of spine] while competing at the 2017 World Military Championships. (lemonde.fr, 16 Jul 2019; clicanoo.re, 31 Dec 2017)

He sustained an injury to his bicep muscle at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. The injury forced him to stop training for two months. (lavoixdunord.fr, 30 May 2018; lemonde.fr, 15 Jul 2019)

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)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to make history in my sport." (sport24.lefigaro.fr, 16 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named 2020 Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the swimming news website SwimSwam. (swimswam.com, 15 Dec 2020)

He was named 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)
Other sports
He represented France in swimming at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Dec 2021)
He became the first French male open water swimmer to win a world title when he claimed gold in the 5km open water event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018; fina.org, 01 Dec 2017)

His bronze medal in the 10km event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was France's first Olympic medal in open water swimming. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018)
Famous relatives
His partner Oceane Cassignol has represented France in open water swimming, and won gold as part of the 5km mixed relay team at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (lavoixdunord.fr, 28 May 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Oct 2020)
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, and to become Olympic champion in open water swimming. (lequipe.fr, 10 Oct 2021; ffnatation.fr, 20 Nov 2017)
Other information
After placing sixth in the 10km event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he parted ways with his long-time coach Philippe Lucas. He initially began working with French coach Fred Vergnoux in the Canary Islands, Spain, after meeting Vergnoux at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. However, a few weeks later he changed his mind and relocated to Ostia, Italy, to begin training with Italian coach Fabrizio Antonelli. "The conditions were not easy [in Spain with Fred Vergnoux]. There were just three swimmers in the team and I couldn't be training all year long in such a small group." (bestswimming.swimchannel.net, 13 Oct 2021; as.com, 10 Sep 2021; lequipe.fr, 10 Oct 2021; ffnatation.fr, 04 Sep 2021)

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
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:30.04
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle  DNS
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
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:51:11.5
5 2022 Budapest, HUN 5km 53:26.0
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 6km - Team Relay  
  2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km  DNF
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:47:56.1
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 54:37.1
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
  2022 Rome, ITA 10km  
2 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km 55:45.1
2 2021 Budakalász, HUN 10km 1:51:41.7
4 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:18.7
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
  2022 Setúbal, POR 10km  DNF
1 2021   10km  
  2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km  DSQ
1 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:02.4
1 2021 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:49:13.2
1 2021 Ohrid, MKD 10km 1:54:54.6
  2020   10km  
1 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:49:46.6
17 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