FINA Best Male Open Water Swimmer 2017

Olivier in 10 clicks

December 11th, 2017

Copacabana medal

At 20, he competed in his first Olympics in 2016, getting a bronze medal in the 10km marathon swimming event in Rio’s most famous beach, Copacabana

The best

Marc-Antoine Olivier is the best French male open water swimmer in history: three medals at World Championships and one at the Olympic Games

World Cup appearance

Since 2015, Olivier was on the podium of the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup on two occasions: silver, Nouméa (FRA), 2015; gold, Abu Dhabi (UAE), 2016

World scene

Olivier made his debut at the highest level at the 2015 FINA World Championships, in Kazan: he was sixth in the 10km race, getting his Olympic qualification for Rio 2016

French success

“In France, open water was a lot less professional than it is now. Before, we would kind of go to a meet and figure it out as we went. I think we had good swimmers then, but not the right things put in place for preparation, recovery, or nutrition, so the results just weren’t there”

Lucas' pupil

Olivier is coached by Philippe Lucas, former responsible for the preparation of French legend swimmer Laure Manaudou, but also for open water swimmers Aurélie Muller (FRA, five medals at the Worlds) or Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED, 2016 Olympic champion)


Before Olivier, the last medals for French male swimmers at the FINA World Championships were earned 16 years ago, in 2001 (silver and bronze in the 25km)


Since 2010, the “FINA Best Male Open Water Swimmer” award has been given to athletes from three continents: Africa (Oussama Mellouli, TUN); Americas (Allan do Carmo, BRA, and Jordan Wilimovsky, USA); and Europe (Valerio Cleri, ITA, Thomas Lurz, GER, Ferry Weertman, NED, and Olivier, FRA)

Inspiration in Balaton

Marc-Antoine Olivier won three medals at the FINA World Championships 2017, in Hungary (Lake Balaton): gold in the 5km and team relay, and bronze in the 10km