Yannick Agnel

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Yannick Agnel
YANNICK AGNEL a.jpg
Yannick Agnel in June 2012
Personal information
Nickname(s) The Squale
Nationality  France
Born (1992-06-09) 9 June 1992 (age 22)
Nîmes, France
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg)[1]
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club L'Olympic Nice Natation
North Baltimore Aquatics
Mulhouse Olympic Natation
Coach Fabrice Pellerin
Bob Bowman (2013–2014)
Lionel Horter (2014–)

Yannick Agnel (born 9 June 1992) is a French swimmer who specializes in freestyle events, and is a three-time Olympic medalist. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he won gold in the 200-meter freestyle, gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and silver in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He is the current world record holder in the 400-meter freestyle (short course), the European record holder in the 800-meter freestyle (short course), and the national record holder in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle (long course).

Agnel's success have earned him Swimming World's European Swimmer of the Year award in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Agnel was born in Nîmes in 1992, the son of a nurse and a liberal director of human resources. He was named after French tennis player Yannick Noah. Agnel began swimming at the age of eight after a neighbor spotted his talent and urged his parents to enroll him in a swimming club.

Swimming career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the 2009 European Junior Swimming Championships, Agnel won the 200- and 400-meter freestyle in European junior record times. He was also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay that won gold ahead of Russia and Italy.

In April 2010, Agnel set the French record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.35 to beat Amaury Leveaux's record of 1:46.54.[2] In June 2010, he improved his record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.30.

At the 2010 European Junior Swimming Championships, Agnel set the French record in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:46.26 to beat Nicolas Rostoucher's record of 3:46.28 en route to winning gold.[3]

2010 European Championships[edit]

At the 2010 European Aquatics Championships, Agnel won gold in the 400-meter freestyle setting a new French and championships record.[4] Agnel then combined with Fabien Gilot, William Meynard, and Alain Bernard in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay to finish second behind Russia. As the second leg, Agnel had a 48.23 split.[5] As the leadoff leg in the 4×200 m freestyle relay, Agnel broke his own French record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:45.83. Agnel, with Clement Lefert, Antton Haramboure, and Jérémy Stravius finished in third place in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay behind Russia and Germany.[6]

2011 World Championships[edit]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Agnel competed in three events. In his first event, the 400-meter freestyle, Agnel finished in 6th place with a time of 3:45.24. In his second event, the 200-meter freestyle, Agnel finished in fifth place with a time of 1:44.99, a new French record. Agnel won his only medal of the competition, a silver, in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Teaming with Grégory Mallet, Jérémy Stravius, and Fabien Gilot, their team had a final time of 7:04.81, a new French record. The United States finished 1st with a time of 7:02.67.

2012[edit]

2012 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

Medal record
2012 London – Men's swimming
Competitor for France
Olympic Games
Gold 200 m freestyle 1:43.14 (NR)
Gold 4×100 m freestyle 3:09.93
Silver 4×200 m freestyle 7:02.77

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Agnel won a total of three medals: two golds and one silver. In his first event, Agnel anchored a come-from-behind effort in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay to win gold with Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, and Clément Lefert. Diving in with a 0.55 s deficit, Agnel was able to cut that down to a 0.30 s deficit at the 350-meter mark. In the last 50-meters, Agnel pulled ahead of American Ryan Lochte and France won with a time of 3:09:93 to the United States' time of 3:10:38. Agnel swam the fastest split time of the entire field with a time of 46.74, the only individual to break 47 seconds. The next day, Agnel won his second gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:43.14, the fastest in French swimming history and 1.79 seconds ahead of silver medal winners Sun Yang and Park Tae-Hwan. In the final, Agnel led from start-to-finish, recording a time of 50.64 in the first 100-meters and 52.50 in the last 100-meters. His time of 25.98 for the last 50-meters was by far the fastest in the field.[7] Agnel won his final medal, a silver, in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay behind the United States with Amaury Leveaux, Grégory Mallet, and Clément Lefert. He had the fastest split time of the field in the final with a time of 1:43.24 as the anchor leg. In his final event, the 100-meter freestyle, Agnel finished fourth in a personal best time of 47.84, 0.04 s of a second outside the medals. The European Swimming Federation named Agnel male European swimmer of the year 2012.[8]

Post-Olympics[edit]

On November 15, 2012, Agnel broke his first world record in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:32.25 during the first day of the French short course nationals in Angers. In doing so, he bettered the previous record held by German swimmer Paul Biedermann (3.32.77) established in 2009 with a full bodysuit. A day later, he set the European record in the 800-meter freestyle and on November 18, Agnel just missed Biedermann's world record in the 200-meter freestyle (short course).

At the 2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres held a week after the French nationals, Agnel won a total of three medals: two gold and one bronze. At year's end, Agnel was named the European Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine.

On 1 January 2013, Agnel was made a Knight (Chevalier) of the Légion d'honneur.[9]

2013[edit]

2013 World Championships[edit]

At the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Agnel competed only in three events. On the first day of the tournament, Agnel helped his French team capture the nation's first ever world title over the Americans and the Russians in the 4×100 m freestyle relay. Teaming with Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot, and Jérémy Stravius in the final, Agnel recorded a lead-off split of 48.76 to deliver the French foursome a sterling time in 3:11.18.[10] Two days later, Agnel added his second gold medal in the 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:44.20, finishing ahead of silver medalist and his training partner Conor Dwyer by 1.07 seconds.[11][12] In his final event, 4×200 m freestyle relay, Agnel, along with Stravius, Grégory Mallet, and Lorys Bourelly, missed the podium by 17-hundredths of a second behind the Chinese team with a fourth-place effort in 7:04.91.[13]

Personal bests[edit]

As of 23 November 2012
Long course
Event Time Meet Date City Note(s)
100 m freestyle 47.84 2012 Summer Olympics August 1, 2012 London, UK United Kingdom
200 m freestyle 1:43.14 2012 Summer Olympics July 30, 2012 London, UK United Kingdom NR
400 m freestyle 3:43.85 2011 French Nationals March 23, 2011 Schiltigheim, FRA France NR
Short course
Event Time Meet Date City Note(s)
100 m freestyle 46.80 European Championships November 24, 2012 Chartres, FRA France
200 m freestyle 1:39.70 2012 French Nationals November 18, 2012 Angers, FRA France NR
400 m freestyle 3:32.25 2012 French Nationals November 15, 2012 Angers, FRA France WR
800 m freestyle 7.29.17 2012 French Nationals November 16, 2012 Angers, FRA France ER

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lequipe.fr/Natation/AussiFicheAthlete11000000000024934.html
  2. ^ "Agnel lowers national record in France". Swimming World Magazine. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "European Junior Championships: Yannick Agnel Posts Speedy 400 Free". Swimming World Magazine. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "30th LEN European Swimming Championships – Men's 400 m freestyle results". Omega Timing. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "30th LEN European Swimming Championships – Men's 4×100 m freestyle results". Omega Timing. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "30th LEN European Swimming Championships – Men's 4×200 m freestyle results". Omega Timing. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Olympic swimming: Agnel wins again as Ryan Lochte misses out". Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  8. ^ 2012 LEN Awards: European Aquatic Athletes of the Year
  9. ^ Légion d'Honneur: Aschieri, Muffat et Agnel dans la promo du 1er janvier – nicematin.com
  10. ^ "Don't Ever Sleep on French Anchors; Jeremy Stravius Blazes to 400 Free Relay Win". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Agnel's delight at 200m freestyle gold". Sky News Australia. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Olympic Champ Yannick Agnel Crushes 200 Free Field for Victory". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Unreal Triple From Ryan Lochte as Team USA Dominates 800 Free Relay". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
Records
Preceded by
Germany Paul Biedermann
Men's 400 metre freestyle
world record holder (short course)

15 November 2012 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Norway Alexander Dale Oen
European Swimmer of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Hungary Dániel Gyurta