Laurent Carnol

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Laurent Carnol
Personal information
Full nameLaurent Carnol
National team Luxembourg
Born (1989-10-17) 17 October 1989 (age 30)
Ettelbruck, Luxembourg
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
ClubSC Le Dauphin Ettelbruck
College teamLoughborough University
CoachIan Armiger[1]

Laurent Carnol (born 17 October 1989) is a Luxembourgish swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events.[1][2] Carnol set national records of 1:01.39 (100 m) and 2:09.78 (200 m) in the men's breaststroke at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and at the 2012 European Long Course Meet in Luxembourg City, respectively.[3][4] Carnol is also a member of SC Le Dauphin Ettelbruck under his personal coach Ian Armiger, and currently, a chemistry student at Loughborough University in Leicester, England.[5][6]

Carnol made his first Luxembourgian team, as a 19-year-old, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He qualified for the men's 200 m breaststroke by eclipsing a FINA B-cut of 2:17.29 from the European Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.[7][8] Carnol challenged seven other swimmers on the second heat including three-time Olympian Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson of Iceland. He raced to third place by 0.29 of a second behind Sveinsson in his lifetime best of 2:15.87. Carnol failed to qualify for the semifinals, as he placed fortieth overall in the evening preliminaries.[9]

Four years after competing in his last Olympics, Carnol qualified for his second Luxembourgish team, as a 23-year-old, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, by attaining an A-standard entry time of 2:09.78 (200 m breaststroke) from the European Long Course Meet in Luxembourg City.[4][10] On the first day of the morning preliminaries, Carnol won the second heat of the men's 100 m breaststroke by nearly half a second (0.50) ahead of Serbia's Čaba Silađi, with a time of 1:01.46. His storming victory was not sufficiently enough to put him through the next round, as Carnol placed twenty-sixth out of 44 swimmers in the preliminary heats.[11] In the 200 m breaststroke, Carnol recorded the twelfth fastest qualifying time of 2:10.83 to secure his place for the semifinals.[12][13] Carnol fell short in his bid for the final, as he finished the semifinal run by 0.03 of a second behind New Zealand's Glenn Snyders in a second slowest time of 2:11.17.[14] Achieving his best finish, Carnol became the first ever Luxembourgian swimmer to reach the semifinals at the Olympics.

He again competed for Luxembourg in both events at the 2016 Olympics.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Laurent Carnol". London 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Laurent Carnol". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  3. ^ "2010 LEN European Aquatics Championships (Budapest, Hungary) – Men's 100m Breaststroke" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Euro Long Course Meet: Laurent Carnol, Ioannis Drymonakos Set Meet Records; Post Early Season Bellwether Marks; Ian Thorpe Competes". Swimming World Magazine. 28 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  5. ^ Eggert, Greg (8 March 2012). "First impressions and blistering marks at London Aquatics Centre". FINA. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  6. ^ "UK student is Luxembourg's Olympic hopeful". 27 January 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Men's 200m Breaststroke" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 31. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  8. ^ "2008 LEN European Aquatics Championships (Eindhoven, Netherlands) – Men's 200m Breaststroke Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Men's 200m Breaststroke Heat 2". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Qualifying Athletes – Men's 200 m breaststroke" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Men's 100m Breaststroke Heat 2". London 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Men's 200m Breaststroke Heat 5". London 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  13. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Daniel Gyurta Posts Olympic Textile Best to Lead 200 Breast Qualifying; Kosuke Kitajima Keeps Threepeat Hopes Alive; Clark Burckle, Scott Weltz in Top Eight". Swimming World Magazine. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Men's 200m Breaststroke Semifinals 1". London 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.

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