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FranceFrance, FRA
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 February 1994
191 cm
Fontainebleau, FRA
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: France
Name of coach
Magali Merino [personal, national], FRA, from 2004

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 25km event at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. (, 21 Jul 2017; Facebook page, 19 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Magali Merino. (, 21 Jul 2017)
In 2019 he sustained an inflammation in his biceps muscle that prevented him from competing at the French national championships. (, 07 Jun 2019)

He cut his head when he collided with a buoy during the 10km event at the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. Despite the injury he finished the race in ninth, then won the 25km event a few days later. (, 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)
To become the first swimmer to win both the Marathon Swim World Series and UltraMarathon Swim Series in the same season. (, 29 Jan 2020)
Other information
He says training is the key to his success and that he prefers not to take long breaks from swimming. "I can't take more than 10 days in a row off because otherwise I struggle to begin again. Whenever I've tried to take a holiday, it hasn't been a success. I prefer to resume quietly with a few days of rest between each session rather than spending a month without putting your feet in the water. There is no secret. For me, in any case, everything goes through training. Training takes precedence over everything else." (, 01 Dec 2019)