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Lara GRANGEON
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC France   
GenderWomen
Born21 Sep 1991 in Nouméa, NCL
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Montpellier, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Perpignan: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first swam at a baby swimmers class at six months old. She began to focus on open water swimming in 2016.
Why this sport?
Her older sister had already started swimming. She tried other sports but was best at swimming. "When I am in the water I love the feeling of challenging myself."
Club / Team
AAS Sarcelles Natation 95: France
Name of coach
Philippe Lucas [personal], FRA, from 2020
Training Regime
She trains up to five hours a day in the pool, split over two sessions, for a total of up to 10 sessions per week. She also has three strength training sessions per week, each lasting up to one hour. She combined her training with running sessions.
General Interest
Hobbies
Food, dancing, music, sport, travelling, spending time with friends and family. (Twitter profile, 17 May 2021; femmedesport.com, 26 Oct 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (interviewsport.fr, 29 Sep 2021; femmedesport.com, 26 Oct 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (interviewsport.fr, 29 Sep 2021)
Injuries
She sustained an injury in November 2020, but was still able to compete at the following month's French National Championships in Saint-Raphael. (la1ere.francetvinfo.fr, 06 Jan 2021, 13 Dec 2020)

Following the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she injured her shoulder and missed almost a year of training. (n1nside.fr, 03 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always faster, higher, stronger." (lecrampon.com, 03 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
She was the flag bearer of the New Caledonia representation at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia. (interviewsport.fr, 29 Sep 2021)
Other sports
She has also competed in pool swimming internationally, including at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Sep 2020)
Famous relatives
Her sister Alexandra Grangeon has competed in modern pentathlon at national level. (insep.fr, 18 Dec 2015; stade-montois.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Other information
COACHING CHANGES
In September 2019 she decided to stop swimming at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France, and began training under Damien Cattin-Vidal at the Vikings de Rouen club. "I learnt a lot of things at INSEP, and I trained to perform at my best. But I was not listened to there, and that was what I was really looking for." In July 2020, after the Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed, she changed coach again and joined Philippe Lucas' training group based in Montpellier. She had previously worked with Lucas in 2018. "I'm still 100% focused on the Games. I want to do all I can to perform there and I think that Philippe is the ideal person for me to achieve that." (france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 16 Dec 2019; lequipe.fr, 28 Jul 2020)

SWITCH TO OPEN WATER
She competed in the pool at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, but in 2016 she began competing in open water swimming. "I've always loved to swim [in the pool], but after two Olympic Games, I felt like I had done that discipline and wanted to try something else. I've always liked swimming in open water, so I said, 'Let's give it a go'." (lecrampon.com, 03 Feb 2019; swimswam.com, 16 Jul 2019)

LEAVING NEW CALEDONIA
She was born in Noumea, New Caledonia, but left at age 14 to pursue her swimming career. "It was not easy to leave my family, my friends. But afterwards I knew that it was the only solution to compete at a high level. My parents always supported me in my choices and New Caledonia helped me too. I really wanted to progress and go as far as I could in swimming and I knew it could only happen if I gave myself the means. For that I had to leave because at the time there was no setup there for sport studies. Now there is a centre in New Caledonia and the government there is making a lot of effort for New Caledonian sport." (lecrampon.com, 03 Feb 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
Following her studies at the University of Perpignan in France, she has also earned a business administration degree from the EDHEC Business School. She also holds a master's degree in management of sports organisations and services from Aix-Marseille University. (LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2021; edhec.edu, 26 Jul 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Individual Medley 4:43.98
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 2:09.69
18 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:44.28
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:40.98
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:08.67
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:13.50
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:47.41
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:46.93
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:11.78
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:29.56
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:04.91
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:42.92
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:12.86
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:44.61
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:16.68
8 2012 Debrecen, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:53.98
Semifinal 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:15.79
10 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:10.15 
6 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:14.25
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Butterfly 2:04.31
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 400m Individual Medley 4:28.77
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Butterfly 2:03.85
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 2:08.39
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Individual Medley 4:27.31
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Breaststroke 2:24.04
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley 1:01.05
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay  DSQ
3 2010 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:30.93
15 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Individual Medley 1:02.18
17 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Individual Medley 1:02.22
  2010 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle  DNS
8 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 2:11.96
3 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 2:10.22
15 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 2:10.60
8 2009 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:34.23
9 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Individual Medley 1:00.28
13 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Butterfly 2:10.74
15 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Individual Medley 1:02.09
11 2008 Rijeka, CRO 400m Individual Medley 4:38.88
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2013 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:37.26
8 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:16.84
7 2013 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:44.70
7 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:14.02
7 2013 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:42.12
3 2010 Stockholm, SWE 400m Individual Medley 4:36.29
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km 5:08:21.2
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:54:50.0
9 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 58:01.5
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 54:37.1
13 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:33:12.0
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Budakalász, HUN 25km 4:54:58.4
4 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km 58:56.4
9 2021 Budakalász, HUN 10km 1:59:21.8
4 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:18.7
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km 57:25.6
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:57:22.0
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 25km 5:19:42.9
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km - Team Relay 52:46.7
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
35 2021   10km  
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:30.2
18 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 2:01:43.5
  2020   10km  
15 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:57:16.3
19 2019   10km  
3 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 2:01:41.10
42 2018   10km  
12 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:00:39.7
12 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:02:34.1
36 2017   10km  
21 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:54:07.6
13 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:02:23.7