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Axel
Reymond
FranceFrance, FRA
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 February 1994
Height
191 cm
Residence
Fontainebleau, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Serves in the Army
Languages
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)
Injuries
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)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lepape-info.com, 19 Apr 2018)
Other information
SECOND FAMILY
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)