Yoris Grandjean

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Yoris Grandjean
Yoris Grandjean au Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille sur France Bleu Provence.JPG
Personal information
Nationality  Belgium
Born (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 25)
Liège, Belgium
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Liège Natation (BEL)
CN Antibes (FRA)
Coach Andre Henvaux

Yoris Grandjean (born March 20, 1989 in Liège) is a Belgian swimmer who specialized in sprint freestyle events.[1] He won two gold medals at the 2006 FINA Youth World Swimming Championships, and later represented Belgium at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Since 2009, he still currently holds a Belgian record (22.13) in the 50 m freestyle from the national championships in Antwerp.[2][3] Grandjean also trains for Liège Swimming Club (French: Club Natation Liège) under his head coach Andre Henvaux.[4]

Grandjean made his official debut at the 2006 FINA Youth World Swimming Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he won a total of three medals, and established multiple meet records: two golds each in the 50 m freestyle (22.74) and 100 m freestyle (50.32), and a silver in the 200 m freestyle (1:52.20).[5][6]

Entering his senior season, Grandjean competed in a sprint freestyle double at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He achieved a FINA A-standard entry time of 49.09 (100 m freestyle) after finishing sixth from the European Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.[7][8] In the 100 m freestyle, Grandjean placed nineteenth on the morning prelims. Swimming in heat seven, he blasted a new Belgian record of 48.82 in a Speedo techsuit, but narrowly missed the semifinal cut by only 0.27 of a second.[9][10] Two days later, in the 50 m freestyle, Grandjean challenged seven other swimmers in heat ten, including Argentina's four-time Olympian José Meolans. He added another Belgian record to his laundry list in a time of 22.45, edging out Finland's Matti Rajakylä by a small fraction of a second. Grandjean failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed twenty-eighth overall out of 97 swimmers in the prelims.[11][12]

Grandjean was also selected as a reserve for the Belgian squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but did not compete in the 4×200 m freestyle relay. His teammates Louis Croenen, Dieter Dekoninck, Pieter Timmers, and Glenn Surgeloose failed to reach the top 8 final, finishing only in twelfth place with a time of 7:14.44.[13]

At the 2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres, France, Grandjean solidified his Belgian team (Timmers, Emmanuel Vanluchene, and Jasper Aerents) to take the bronze in the 4×50 m freestyle relay, posting their time of 1:25.60.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoris Grandjean". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Grandjean uitgeschakeld in reeksen 50m vrij" [Grandjean sets off in 50m freestyle] (in Dutch). De Morgen. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Belgian Long Course Championships: Yoris Grandjean Tops Belgian Record". Swimming World Magazine. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Alain Bernard: 'Zonder Yoris ben ik niets'" [Alain Bernard: "Without Yoris, I am nothing"] (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Big Day for United States at World Youth Champs". Swimming World Magazine. 25 August 2006. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Clary Posts Strong Finish to World Youth Champs". Swimming World Magazine. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Men's 100m Freestyle" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 6. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "European Championships: Day Four Recap, Results; Alain Bernard Downs 100 Free World Record; Anastasia Zueva, Ioannis Drymonakos Set Euro Records". Swimming World Magazine. 21 March 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Men's 100m Freestyle Heat 7". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "OS 2008: Grandjean zwemt Belgisch record 100 meter vrij" [Olympics: Grandjean swims a Belgian record in the 100m free] (in Dutch). De Standaard. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Men's 50m Freestyle Heat 10". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Yoris Grandjean zwemt ook op 50m Belgisch record" [Yoris Grandjean also swims a Belgian record in the 50m free] (in Dutch). Het Laatste Nieuws. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Men's 4×200m Freestyle Relay Heat 2". London 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hannah Miley, Rikke Moeller Pedersen set Euro records on last night of Euro Short Course Champs". Swimming World Magazine. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 

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