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Marc-Antoine Olivier






France FRA

At only 21 years of age, Marc-Antoine Olivier has celebrated a triumphant season, highlighted by two gold medals and a bronze at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. While these results cemented his status as one of the current best in the sport, Olivier had already made a name for himself at the 2016 Olympics, where he claimed bronze in the 10km marathon, the first-ever Olympic medal for France in open water swimming. 


FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Men’s 5km
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Team relay
FINA World Championships

Bronze Medal

Men’s 10km

Marc-Antoine Olivier

I rarely put too much pressure on myself.

I rarely put too much pressure on myself, even if I knew I was one of the favourites [in Budapest]. Every time, I tell myself I have nothing to lose and that I’m still young, that I still have a lot of time ahead of me. We train hard all year for this, so I don’t feel stressed, because I know what I can and cannot do. Honestly, I was more worried that my foot would start hurting than about not being able to keep pace with my opponents.

People only really remember the last two or three years

People only really remember the last two or three years, he said. “But I had my first junior season and my first European title the same year, and after that I had three really tough years. I didn’t make it on to any international podiums and when you start right off the bat with a title, you always want more. My results weren’t exceptional. I was there, but I knew I couldn’t do much. It really was when I started training with Philippe [Lucas] that I started telling myself I could get to a really high level.

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