Camille Lacourt

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Camille Lacourt
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Personal information
Full name Camille Lacourt
National team  France
Born (1985-04-22) 22 April 1985 (age 32)
Narbonne, France
Height 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)[1]
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club CN Marseille

Camille Lacourt (French pronunciation: ​[kamij lakuʁ]; born 22 April 1985) is a French competitive swimmer and backstroke specialist. He competed at the 2012 Olympics in the 100-metre individual backstroke finished fourth. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, he finished fifth in the same event.

Swimming career[edit]

2010: breakthrough year[edit]

Lacourt collected three gold medal at the European Championships. He became European Champion in the 100 m backstroke (long course) before compatriot Jérémy Stravius in a time of 52.11.[2] This time was a new European record and the second fastest time ever, second to Aaron Peirsol's 51.94 from 2009. He collected the 50 m backstroke title in a time of 24.07, also bumping him up to the second fastest performer of all time in that event. On the final night the collected gold in the 4 × 100 m medley relay.[3]

Following years[edit]

Lacourt collected a series of medals at World Championships in the following years: one gold and one silver in 2011 in Shanghai, two gold in 2013 in Barcelona, and one of each medal in 2015 in Kazan. He finished 4th in the 100 metre backstroke at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and failed to win any medals.

After missing the 2014 European championship due to a hip injury, he won two golds at the 2016 European swimming championship.[citation needed]

Lacourt failed to win any medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Following his 5th-place finish in the 100 metre backstroke, Lacourt made international news after criticizing the sport of swimming and making disparaging, unsubstantiated remarks about Chinese swimmer Sun Yang. In a post-race interview with French radio station RMCsport, Lacourt said: "I am very sad when I see my sport getting like this. I have the impression I am looking at athletics, with two or three doped in each final. I hope that FINA is going to react and stop this massacre, because it is getting sad," and finished with "Sun Yang, he pisses purple!"[4][5]

After being defeated by another Chinese swimmer, Xu Jiayu, who won the silver medal in the 100 metre backstroke, Lacourt said, "I don't like being beaten by a Chinese."[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Married to Valérie Bègue, Miss France 2008, since August 2008, he is the father of a girl, Jazz, born in October 2012.[citation needed]

Personal bests (long course)[edit]

Event Time Date
50 m backstroke 24.07 NR 12 August 2010
100 m backstroke 52.11 ER 10 August 2010
200 m backstroke 2:00.57 7 April 2010

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Paul Biedermann
European Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Alexander Dale Oen