Amaury Leveaux

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Amaury Leveaux
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Amaury Leveaux on winning the silver medal in the 50 m at the 2008 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Amaury Leveaux
Nationality  France
Born (1985-12-02) 2 December 1985 (age 28)
Belfort, France
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 88 kilograms (194 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, butterfly
Club Lagardère Paris Racing

Amaury Leveaux (born 2 December 1985) is a French swimmer from Belfort.[2] Leveaux is the current world record holder in the 100 m freestyle (short course – 44.94 sec). He also held the 200 m freestyle (long course – 1:46.54) national record. He was also the world record holder in the 50 m butterfly (short course – 22.18 sec).

Career[edit]

Up to 2003, Leveaux competed in the junior categories, and won the title of runner-up in the 100 m freestyle and the 100 m butterfly in the European Championships in Glasgow in 2003.[3] Having previously dominated the French junior championships, Leveaux took the silver in the 50 m butterfly event in the French open championship in 2003 held in Saint-Étienne.

In 2004, Leveaux won his first gold medal in the French Championships in the 200 m freestyle, while also taking the silver in the 100 m freestyle event. He was later chosen to join the French national swimming squad for the European Championships held in Madrid, where he helped the French relay team win the bronze medal in the 4×100 and 4×200 m freestyle events.[3] In the individual 200 m freestyle event, Leveaux came in fifth, breaking his first French record with 1 min 48.80 seconds. Three months later, Leveaux competed on the relay team in the Athens games, in the 4×100 et 4×200 m freestyle events. Although the team failed to qualify for the final in the 4×100 m, the team came in seventh place in the 4×200 m.

Leveaux became the French runner-up in the 100 m freestyle in 2005, and participated in the World Championships in Montréal in July. He qualified for the final, but came in at eighth place. In 2006, he became national champion in the 100 m butterfly and European runner-up – he came in behind the Ukrainian Andriy Serdinov in Budapest.

At the French national championships, Leveaux managed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 50 m and 200 m freestyle events. Finishing fifth in the 100 m, he also qualified for the 4×100 m freestyle relay team. He set an Olympic record in the 100 m freestyle in the heats of the relay after leading off. France finished second in the final and Leveaux thus won a silver medal. Later in the week, Leveaux set an Olympic record in his preliminary 50 m freestyle heat with a time of 21.46 seconds. In the final of that event, he swam even faster (21.45 seconds) but finished behind Brazil's César Cielo Filho to take the silver medal.

After a couple of years far from his best form, Amaury Leveaux did a come back at the 2012 European championship in Debrecen (Hungary). He won the 4x100m freestyle relay with team mates Alain Bernard, Frédérick Bousquet and Jérémy Stravius. He also won a silver medal in the 200m freestyle (1 min 47 s 69). At the 2012 Olympics in London, he was the lead swimmer of the 4x100m freestyle relay, winning gold with team mates Fabien Gilot, Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel, and of the 4x200m freestyle relay, winning silver.

At the 2013 world championships in Barcelona, he earned a gold medal swimming in the heats of the 4x100m freestyle but was not included in the team for the final.

In December 2013, at age 28, he announced his retirement from competitive swimming.

Records
Preceded by
South Africa Roland Schoeman
Men's 50 metres freestyle
world record holder (short course)

11 December 2008 – 8 August 2009
Succeeded by
South Africa Roland Schoeman
Preceded by
France Alain Bernard
Men's 100 metres freestyle
world record holder (short course)

12 December 2008 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Australia Matt Jaukovic
Men's 50 metres butterfly
world record holder (short course)

6 December 2008 – 14 November 2009
Succeeded by
Germany Steffen Deibler

References[edit]

  1. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 6 June 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "50-Fly-M" (PDF). LEN. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Press kit, 2008 French Championships PDF (1.32 MB), FFN (French Swimming Federation). Retrieved 11 July 2008.

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