9 Sep 1993

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
OWS Marathon Swimming Women's 10km 2 Silver Medal


Start Time Location Event Status
Odaiba Marine Park

Biographical Information



Olympic Games
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA1

World Championships
YearLocation5km10km25km5km - TTT X5km - TR X
2019Gwangju, KOR1110DNS-7
2017Budapest, HUN4172--
2015Kazan, RUS42-2-

European Championships
YearLocation5km10km25km5km - TR X
2020Budakalasz, HUN11--
2018Glasgow, GBR1121

World Series overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
20201 x 3rd
20191 x 12th
20181 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 4th
20171 x 2nd

World Series - Ten best performances since 2017
1201810kmDoha, QAT
2201810kmSetubal, POR
2201710kmAbu Dhabi, UAE
3202010kmDoha, QAT
4201810kmQiandaohu, CHN
6201810kmAbu Dhabi, UAE
6201810kmBeau Vallon, SEY
9201810kmBalatonfured, HUN
12201910kmDoha, QAT

X - Mixed, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified, TR - Team Relay, TTT - Team Time Trial


Olympic Games
YearLocation400Free800Free100Back200Back4x100Medley W
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRAH (4:11.44)H (DNS)---
2012London, GBR--H (1:00.61)SF (2:09.50)6th (3:57.28)

World Championships
YearLocation400Free800Free1500Free100Back200Back4x100Medley W
2015Kazan, RUS2nd (4:03.02)8th (8:24.12)6th (16:03.74)--H (DNS)
2011Shanghai, CHN---SF (1:00.14)3rd (2:07.78)-

World Championships Short Course
2016Windsor, ON, CANH (1:57.47)7th (4:03.69)H (8:27.41)

Free - Freestyle, Back - Backstroke, Breast - Breaststroke, Fly - Butterfly, IndMed - Individual Medley, SF - Semifinal, H - Heats, DNS - Did Not Start, M - Men, W - Women, X - Mixed, DSQ - Disqualified, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not swim in final
Shar (Athlete, 15 Jul 2015)
Erasmus College, Rotterdam, NED
Dutch, English, French
Montpellier Mediterranee Metropole UC Natation [France]
Bernd Berkhahn [personal], GER, from 2020
She began practising swimming seriously at age 14. "When I was 14, I already had the focus to be an Olympic champion." (, 02 Jun 2019)
"Since I was young, I always had a lot of energy and was very competitive. I remember when we were younger, I was running in the fields with my brother and sister, and I always wanted to beat my brother. Then, one day I told my parents that I want to be an Olympic champion. I did a lot of sports. I chose swimming because I got asked by a coach to practice more. So I decided to concentrate on the swimming and do it professionally." (, 02 Jun 2019)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 03 Mar 2021)
Her training base is in Magdeburg, Germany. (, 03 Mar 2021 )
Winning gold in the 10km open water event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 17 Mar 2018)
"If you give all of yourself in training then competing is easy. Believe in yourself and everything is possible." (Athlete, 15 Jul 2015)
She was named 2014 and 2018 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (, 15 Feb 2019;, 05 Feb 2015)

She was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2016. (, 04 Dec 2016)

General Interest

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 she returned to her home in France from her German training base and used a paddling pool to continue training. "You couldn't swim in the ocean, river, I tried to swim everywhere, but it wasn't possible. I tried to keep myself fit and I was also thinking, 'I just want to go back and train'. I thought I cannot go anywhere; the police are everywhere. You feel really good when you swim on resistance [in the paddling pool]. I did some other workouts at home, but I filmed myself in that pool and got a lot of reactions. I recommend a bigger pool because I was touching the ground with my finger." (, 03 Mar 2021)

In August 2020 she made the switch from French coach Philippe Lucas to German coach Bernd Berkhahn. "In the last year I started to doubt too often and too strongly about the collaboration with Philippe. I have become an Olympic champion under his leadership and I am very grateful to him, but I am ready for change and something new. Last season I did a number of training internships with the group of Bernd Berkhahn, who is also the German national team coach, and I really liked it. I have now taken the plunge and I am very happy to be able to work in Bernd's team. I can now prepare without worry and with full conviction for a successful Games in Tokyo next year." (, 07 Aug 2020)

At age seven she and her parents moved to France, where she started swimming at a competitive level. In 2008 she decided to compete for the Netherlands. After spending time training in the Netherlands, she decided to return to France in 2013 to train with coach Philippe Lucas. "When I was younger I didn't have a lot of friends, I didn't see a lot of people, I was always concerned about my practice and my body. Even when I was 18 or 20 years old, I would barely go out because I always wanted to be 100% committed to my training, diet and body to have the best times. Many people didn't believe in me. They said I would never get a medal in international competitions. So, I started to do things about myself. That was the time when I moved to France and started training with my coach. I saw this as my last resort to improve and get the results I always dreamed." (, 02 Jun 2019;, 21 Jan 2010;, 16 Apr 2009)

Her shoulder injury sustained in October 2015 lead her to doubt her ability to perform well at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I lost all my power and couldn't sprint, couldn't go fast and in the pool it was the same. I was a little depressed I think because Rio was fast approaching, in less than four weeks. If I was asked to sign for a bronze medal without racing I would have said yes. During the race I was already very tired after six kilometres but I somehow managed to touch the pad first. I then became an Olympic champion. I showed everyone I could do it even though I had a tough year. I always said I was going be an Olympic champion since I was age four." (, 04 Dec 2016)

Her biography entitled 'BRUUT' was released in January 2020, written by Natasja Weber, a journalist for the Eindhovens Dagblad. (Instagram profile, 18 Jan 2020)

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