Jérémie Azou

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Jérémie Azou
Jérémie Azou 2013.jpg
Azou at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1989-04-02) 2 April 1989 (age 28)
Avignon, France
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Sport
Sport Lightweight rowing

Jérémie Azou (born 2 April 1989) is a retired French rower. He is an Olympic, World and European champion in the men's lightweight double sculls.

Career[edit]

He was part of the French men's lightweight quadruple sculls team who won silver at the 2008 World Championships, with Pierre-Etienne Pollez, Fabrice Moreau and Remi Di Girolamo.[2]

In 2009, he won silver at the World Championships in the men's lightweight double sculls with Frederic Dufour.[3] In 2010, he teamed with Di Girolamo to win bronze at the European Championships.[4]

At the 2011 World Under 23 championships, he competed in the lightweight men's single sculls, winning the gold medal.[5]

In 2012, he began to team with Stany Delayre. They finished in 4th in the lightweight double sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3] An injury to Delayre meant that Azou competed in the lightweight single sculls at the 2013 World Championship, where he won the silver medal.[3][6]

Their team won the European Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the World Championships in 2015.[7] They also won a World silver medal in 2014.[8] The time of 06:11.38 Azou and Delayre set at the 2015 European Championships is still the fastest time at a European championships.[3] They also hold the fastest time at a World Cup.[3]

In 2015, Azou and Delayre won the World Rowing Male Crew of the Year Award.[3]

He teamed with Pierre Houin from 2016, winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics, and then the 2017 World Championship title.[7][3]

He was undefeated in the men's lightweight double sculls from 2015 to October 2017.[9] He retired in October 2017, announcing his retirement at a celebration of the renaming of the Avignon Rowing Club to Avignon Rowing Club: Base Nautique Jeremie Azou.[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Azou originally swam as a hobby before taking up rowing at 12.[3] He is a trained physiotherapist.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jérémie Azou Archived 26 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. rio2016.com
  2. ^ "2008 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Linz Ottensheim, AUT - (LM4x) Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls - Final". www.worldrowing.com. 27 July 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Olympic and World Champion Azou retires - worldrowing.com". www.worldrowing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15. 
  4. ^ "2010 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Montemor-o-Velho, POR - (LM2x) Lightweight Men's Double Sculls - Final". www.worldrowing.com. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "2011 UNDER 23 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Amsterdam, NED - (BLM1x) U23 Lightweight Men's Single Sculls - Final". www.worldrowing.com. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "2013 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Chungju, KOR - (LM1x) Lightweight Men's Single Sculls - Final". www.worldrowing.com. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  7. ^ a b Jérémie Azou at FISA WorldRowing.com
  8. ^ "2014 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Amsterdam, NED - (LM2x) Lightweight Men's Double Sculls - Final". www.worldrowing.com. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Azou and Janssen head World Rowing's top 10 list for 2017 - worldrowing.com". www.worldrowing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.