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FranceFrance, FRA
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 June 1996
188 cm
Montpellier, FRA
Athlete, Serves in the Navy

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Denain, France. He began open water swimming at age 15.
Why this sport?
His father and brother were both swimmers.
Club / Team
Denain Natation Porte Du Hainaut [FRA] / Navy [FRA]:
Name of coach
Philippe Lucas [personal], FRA, from 2015
Training Regime
He trains in the pool for more than five hours a day, swimming 80km per week. His training also includes gym sessions and one hour of running.

General Interest

Marco (, 16 Aug 2016)
Beach volleyball. (, 16 Oct 2017)
He sustained an injury to his bicep muscle at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. (, 30 May 2018)

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. (, 19 Aug 2017, 05 Dec 2017;, 01 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (, 22 Jan 2018)

He was presented with the 2017 International Swimming Federation [FINA] Best Male Open Water Swimmer Award. (, 02 Dec 2017)

He was named Knight of the Order of Merit by the French government in 2016. (, 01 Dec 2016)
To become Olympic champion in open water swimming, and to qualify for the 1500m freestyle event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 20 Nov 2017)
Other information
He became the first French male open water swimmer to win a world title when he claimed gold in the 5km open water race at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018;, 01 Dec 2017)

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. (, 05 Dec 2017;, 12 Dec 2017)