Florent Manaudou is a French competitive swimmer, an Olympic champion of the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, the younger brother of Laure Manaudou, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist in swimming. He holds the world record in the 50-meter freestyle and backstroke. Manaudou is the son of a Dutch mother, he first began swimming under the direction of his older brother, Nicholas Manaudou, joined the swimming club of Marseilles, France. In 2007, he was the Junior Champion of France of the 50-meter freestyle event. In 2009, he joined the French Army and is in an artillery regiment, he and his sister Laure are the first siblings to both win Olympic gold medals in swimming. In addition to swimming, he is known for his dimples, his pierced tongue, tribal tattoo. Manaudou was awarded the Knight of the French National Order of the Légion d'Honneur for his "eminent merits" in swimming for his performance in 2012. In his only individual event at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, the 50-meter butterfly, Manaudou placed fifth in the final with a time of 23.49.
It was slower than the times he posted in the heats and semifinals. Manaudou competed in the heats of the 4×100-meter medley relay and as the butterfly leg, had a split of 54.02. The French team did not advance to the final with an overall time of 3:36.21. At the French Olympic Trials, Manaudou qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in London by finishing second behind Amaury Leveaux in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.95. Despite entering the Olympics with only the 10th fastest time in the men's 50-meter freestyle in the world that year, Manaudou won the gold medal in that event, he thus became the first French gold-medalist of the men's 50-meter freestyle and the sixth French Olympic champion in an individual event. Swimming out in lane 7 in the final, Manaudou had a time of 21.34 and finished ahead of Cullen Jones and favorite César Cielo, the defending champion and world record holder. Manaudou's time was slower than the Olympic record of 21.30 set by Cielo in 2008, but was an unofficial fastest time swam in textile.
Going into the final, Manaudou recorded a time of 22.09 in the 21.80 in the semifinals. Following the Olympics, Manaudou competed at the 2012 European Short Course Championships and the 2012 World Short Course Championships held at the end of 2012. At the European Championships in Chartres, Manaudou won five gold medals including an individual title in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 20.70. At the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Manaudou won bronze medal. In his specialty event, the 50-meter freestyle, Manaudou placed second behind Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov by three tenths of a second with a time of 20.88. At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Manaudou won gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Yannick Agnel, Fabien Gilot, Jérémy Stravius. Swimming the second leg, Manaudou recorded a time of 47.93 while the French team had an aggregated time of 3:11.18. In the 50-meter freestyle, Manaudou lead the heats and semifinals with times of 21.72 and 21.37.
In the final however, he finished 5th with a time of 21.64. Manaudou competed in the 50-meter butterfly and finished 8th with a time of 23.35. Manaudou won six medals at the 2014 World Short Course Championships and four gold medals at the 2014 European Aquatics Championships in Berlin. At the World Short Course Championships, Manaudou broke the first world records of his career in the 50-meter backstroke and freestyle. Manaudou won three gold medals at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, including the 50 m freestyle where he swam the fastest time in textile in 21.19. Manaudou failed in his bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games 100m freestyle when he only finished third at the French national championships held on Apr 1 in Montpellier, he had been hoping to pull off a 50m-100m freestyle double at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but his time of 48.10sec was bettered by Jérémy Stravius and Clement Mignon. Only the top two finishers would qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Manaudou, the reigning Olympic/World/European champion in the 50m freestyle, had been the second fastest over the 100m freestyle this season. As of 8 August 2015 Florent Manaudo has appeared on TV series such as Vestiaires and Munch. In 2018, he appears on TV Series Section de recherches. Manaudou has received criticism from wildlife organisations and members of the public for posting a photo of himself posing with a Lar gibbon in Thailand on Facebook; the use of endangered species, like the Lar gibbon, as photo props and for other commercial uses has been illegal in the country since 1992. World record progression 50 metres freestyle Official website Florent Manaudou on Twitter Florent Manaudou biography and Olympic results at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
Palau Sant Jordi
Palau Sant Jordi is an indoor sporting arena and multi-purpose installation, part of the Olympic Ring complex located in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, it was opened in 1990; the maximum seating capacity of the arena is 17,960. It is the largest indoor arena in Spain; the Palau Sant Jordi was one of the main venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics hosting the artistic gymnastics, handball final, volleyball final events. Today, it is used for all kinds of indoor sport events as well as for concerts and other cultural activities, due to its great flexibility; the arena was the venue of the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics. It was the venue of three EuroLeague Final Fours in 1998, 2003, 2011, it hosted the EuroBasket 1997, from the quarterfinals on, the 2012 Spanish Basketball Cup. The final of 2000 Davis Cup was the 89th edition of the most important tournament between nations in men's tennis. Spain defeated Australia at Palau Sant Jordi on 8 -- 10 December.
The arena hosted the finals of 2009 Davis Cup between Spain and Czech Republic with the victory for the Spaniards 5-0. Palau Sant Jordi was the main venue of the 2003 FINA World Championships. A temporary, regulation swimming pool was installed for the occasion, it played the same role for the 2013 FINA World Championships, since the city of Barcelona hosted the Championships again after 10 years. It was one of six sites, it was one of six sites to host the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. On October 5, 2016, the arena hosted an NBA preseason game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and local team FC Barcelona Regal; the 3,000-seat Sant Jordi Club is located behind the main building. The Pet Shop Boys – 22 May 1991 and 12 October 2007 Gloria Estefan – 10 June 1991, 25 October 1996 and 17 September 2008 Sopa de Cabra – 14 June 1991, with Sau, Els Pets and Sangtraït and 9–11 September 2011 Diana Ross – 10 July 1991 Paul Simon – 15 July 1991 Simple Minds – 22 July 1991 Mecano – 1–2 October 1991 U2 – 16 and 18 May 1992, with The Fatima Mansions, 8 August 2001, with The Stereophonics and 5–10 October 2015 Frank Sinatra – 3 June 1992 Dire Straits – 2–4 October 1992 Metallica – 12 November 1992, with Metal Church and 23 September 1996, with Corrosion of Conformity Peter Gabriel – 10 May 1993, 1 June 2003 and 23 September 2010, with Ane Brun Sade – 11 May 1993 Def Leppard – 17 May 1993 Elton John – 7 June 1993, 21 December 2003, 20 October 2009, with Teddy Thompson and 6 December 2014, with Bright Light Bright Light Sting – 28 July 1993, 2 June 2004, with Nellie McKay and 29 October 2010, with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prince & The New Power Generation – 22 August 1993 and 18 December 1998, with Graham Central Station Paul McCartney – 26–27 October 1993 and 28–29 March 2003 Whitney Houston – 16 November 1993 Phil Collins – 4 May 1994, 7 October 1997 and 1 July 2004, with Mike + The Mechanics Roxette – 1 December 1994, 24 October 2001, with Bondage and 19 November 2011 R.
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Russia the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and North Asia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres, Russia is by far or by a considerable margin the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, the ninth most populous, with about 146.77 million people as of 2019, including Crimea. About 77 % of the population live in the European part of the country. Russia's capital, Moscow, is one of the largest cities in the world and the second largest city in Europe. Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, China and North Korea, it shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U. S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. However, Russia recognises two more countries that border it, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are internationally recognized as parts of Georgia.
The East Slavs emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. Rus' disintegrated into a number of smaller states; the Grand Duchy of Moscow reunified the surrounding Russian principalities and achieved independence from the Golden Horde. By the 18th century, the nation had expanded through conquest and exploration to become the Russian Empire, the third largest empire in history, stretching from Poland on the west to Alaska on the east. Following the Russian Revolution, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic became the largest and leading constituent of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the world's first constitutionally socialist state; the Soviet Union played a decisive role in the Allied victory in World War II, emerged as a recognized superpower and rival to the United States during the Cold War.
The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the world's first human-made satellite and the launching of the first humans in space. By the end of 1990, the Soviet Union had the world's second largest economy, largest standing military in the world and the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, twelve independent republics emerged from the USSR: Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and the Baltic states regained independence: Estonia, Lithuania, it is governed as a federal semi-presidential republic. Russia's economy ranks as the twelfth largest by nominal GDP and sixth largest by purchasing power parity in 2018. Russia's extensive mineral and energy resources are the largest such reserves in the world, making it one of the leading producers of oil and natural gas globally; the country is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.
Russia is a great power as well as a regional power and has been characterised as a potential superpower. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and an active global partner of ASEAN, as well as a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the G20, the Council of Europe, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Trade Organization, as well as being the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and one of the five members of the Eurasian Economic Union, along with Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan; the name Russia is derived from Rus', a medieval state populated by the East Slavs. However, this proper name became more prominent in the history, the country was called by its inhabitants "Русская Земля", which can be translated as "Russian Land" or "Land of Rus'". In order to distinguish this state from other states derived from it, it is denoted as Kievan Rus' by modern historiography.
The name Rus itself comes from the early medieval Rus' people, Swedish merchants and warriors who relocated from across the Baltic Sea and founded a state centered on Novgorod that became Kievan Rus. An old Latin version of the name Rus' was Ruthenia applied to the western and southern regions of Rus' that were adjacent to Catholic Europe; the current name of the country, Россия, comes from the Byzantine Greek designation of the Rus', Ρωσσία Rossía—spelled Ρωσία in Modern Greek. The standard way to refer to citizens of Russia is rossiyane in Russian. There are two Russian words which are commonly
Vladimir Morozov (swimmer)
Vladimir Viktorovich Morozov is a Russian competitive swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist. He is the current world record holder in the 100-metre Individual Medley, Russian record-holder in the 50-meter backstroke and freestyle. Morozov was born in Russia, emigrated to the United States as a 14-year-old, he attended Torrance High School. He began swimming at age 9. Morozov was a student at the University of Southern California, studying Economics. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Morozov was as a member of the Russian 4x100-meter freestyle relay team, that placed third behind France and the United States. Swimming the third leg, Morozov has a split of 47.85. Following the Olympics, Morozov competed at the 2012 European Short Course Championships and the 2012 World Short Course Championships held at the end of 2012. At the European Championships in Chartres, Morozov won seven medals including individual titles in the 100-meter freestyle and individual medley. At the World Championships in Istanbul, Morozov won gold in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, silver in the 4x100-meter medley relay.
In the 50-meter freestyle, Morozov defeated Olympic champion Florent Manaudou and set the national record with a time of 21.55. On 25 July 2016, Morozov was named by FINA as an athlete, identified by WADA as one that had benefited from the'disappearing positive methodology' as part of a Russian state-run doping programme, as such FINA declared him ineligible for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in accordance with the requirements issued by the International Olympic Committee the previous day. No further information was released as to possible punishments for doping. However, on 4 August 2016, Morozov was cleared to compete by the IOC. In 2013, as a college junior swimming for Coach Dave Salo at University of Southern California, Morozov won the NCAA Division I Championships in the 50 free and 100 free; as of 18 July 2017 As of 16 November 2018 Medal of the Order "For Services to the Fatherland" II degree – for outstanding contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high athletic achievements at the XXX Olympic Games 2012 in London.
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Anthony Lee Ervin is an American competition swimmer who has won four Olympic medals and two World Championship golds. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle, earned a silver medal as a member of the second-place United States relay team in the 4×100-meter freestyle event, he was the second swimmer of African descent after Anthony Nesty of Suriname to win an individual gold medal in Olympic swimming. He is the first United States citizen of African descent to medal gold in an individual Olympic swimming event. Ervin stopped swimming competitively at the age of 22 in 2003 and auctioned off his 2000 Olympic gold medal on eBay to aid survivors of the 2004 tsunami, but he began to train again in 2011. Ervin competed in the 50-meter freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the Spring of 2016, Akashic Books released Ervin's memoir, Chasing Water, co-authored by Ervin and Constantine Markides. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, 16 years after his first Olympic gold medal, he won the event for the second time, at the age of 35, becoming the oldest individual Olympic gold medal winner in swimming.
Ervin is African-American and Jewish, was born in Hollywood. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on his mother's side and African-American descent on his father's, he was raised in California. Ervin has described himself as a "practicing Zen Buddhist". In July 2017 he said: "I’m proud to be a Jew."While living in Santa Clarita, he swam for Canyons Aquatic Club, competed on the Hart High School's swim team in Newhall, California. Anthony enrolled in the University of California, where he received his bachelor's degree in English in 2010, he is pursuing a graduate degree in sport and education at Cal. At the 2000 United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Ervin competed in two events: the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle. In the finals of the 100-meter freestyle, Ervin finished fifth with a time of 49.29, ensuring him a spot on the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. In the final of the 50-meter freestyle, Ervin finished tied for first place with Gary Hall Jr. with a time of 21.98. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Ervin won one silver medal.
In his first final, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Ervin teamed up with Gary Hall Jr. Neil Walker and Jason Lezak. Going into the final, the Americans had never lost the event at the Olympics. Ervin swam the leadoff leg in 48.89, the second best lead-off behind Michael Klim's world record time of 48.18. The American team ended up finishing in second place with a time of 3:13.86 behind Australia, who finished in a world record time of 3:13.67. In the final of the 50-meter freestyle, Ervin tied Gary Hall Jr. for the gold with a time of 21.98. After the gold medal race, reporter Jim Gray asked Ervin what it felt like to be the first swimmer of African American descent to win gold. Referring to this moment in a 2012 interview, Ervin stated, "I didn't know a thing about what it was like to be part of the black experience, but now I do. It's like having a bunch of old white people ask you what it's like to be black; that is my black experience." Ervin won two gold medals at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle.
He competed in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay, but the United States relay team was disqualified. At the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Ervin won silver medals in both the 50-meter freestyle and the 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Twelve years after competing in his last Olympics as a 19-year-old, Ervin qualified for his second United States Olympic team as a 31-year-old at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, by finishing second in the men's 50-meter freestyle, his time of 21.60 seconds was only one one-hundredth of a second behind Cullen Jones and a personal best for Ervin. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he finished fifth in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.78 seconds. At the 2013 US National Championships, Ervin qualified to swim at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona by placing second in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.70, third in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.49. In his first event at the World Championships, Ervin combined with Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, with the team finishing behind France.
Swimming the third leg, Ervin recorded a split of 47.44, the team finished with a final time of 3:11.44. Ervin's split was the fastest among the Americans. In his only individual event, the 50-meter freestyle, Ervin entered the final as the second seed with a semi-final time of 21.42, a personal best for him and only 2-hundredths of a second behind the American record. In the final, Ervin finished in 6th place with a time of 21.65. In 2014, on the Gold Coast, Ervin collected 2 silver medals at the Pan Pacs. In the 2016 Olympics, Ervin swam the 50 m freestyle, placing 1st in the final with a time of 21.40 seconds. At the age of 35, this made him the oldest individual Olympic gold medal winner in swimming, taking the record from Michael Phelps, he won a gold medal in the relay 4 × 100 m with United States by swimming in the morning heat. Ervin took part in the torch lighting ceremony at the 2017 Maccabiah Games on July 6, 2017, he won gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle, the 4×100m medley relay.
In the special 4x50m relay race between Israeli and American all-star teams, American Olympic champions Ervin, Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, with masters swimmer Alex Blavatnik, swam a time of 1:48.23 and defea
Jérémy Stravius is a French swimmer, swimming freestyle and butterfly. Stravius appeared on the world stage at the 2009 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul where he was part of the winning 4 × 50 m freestyle relay and finished in the top 8 in the 50 m breaststroke; the next year at the 2010 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Hungary, Stravius won his first medal at an international meet, winning a silver in the 100 m backstroke. At this meet, he was part of the winning 4 × 100 m medley relay and the bronze medal winning team of the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay. Stravius won his first international gold winning the gold medal in the 100 m backstroke at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, he shared it with countryman Camille Lacourt. He received a silver in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay and the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay at this meet. Stravius got third at the French Olympic Trials in the 100 m backstroke, just missing out on a chance to swim an individual event at the Olympics.
The 2012 Summer Olympics he won two medals, competing on the gold medal-winning 4 × 100 m freestyle relay and silver medal-winning 4 × 200 m freestyle relay teams for France, but only swimming the heats. On 28 July 2013, at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Stravius was part of the winning 4 × 100 m medley relay where he swam the butterfly leg. Stravius was in the anchor position for France in the 4 × 100 m men's freestyle final; the French were the defending Olympic champions but were seeded outside the middle lanes in the final, causing Stravius to remark "On n'était pas favoris, c'est un hold up". In the final, after 200 m where France was far off from the leading three teams, Fabien Gilot exploded through with a 46.90s third leg to bring the French back into contention. Stravius took over the Australians at the start of his leg and trailing the Russians and American swimmers at the midpoint of his anchor leg, Stravius snapped a precise flipturn and, after several powerful dolphin kicks underwater, emerged ahead by a hand securing the gold medal for France by 0.26s.
He won silver medals in the 50 m backstroke and the 100 m backstroke. At this meet he swam the 200 m individual medley and the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay. At the 2014 European Aquatics Championships in Berlin, Stravius earned two silver medals, one of them in the 50 m backstroke and the other in the 100 m backstroke, he won a gold in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay. Stravius holds the French National Record in the 200 m individual medley and the 100 m butterfly. Jérémy Stravius at Swimrankings.net
Yannick Agnel is a French former competitive swimmer who specializes in freestyle events, is a three-time Olympic medalist. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he won gold in the 200-meter freestyle, gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, silver in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, he is the current world record holder in the 400-meter freestyle, the European record holder in the 800-meter freestyle, the national record holder in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle. Agnel's success have earned him Swimming World's European Swimmer of the Year award in 2012. Agnel was born in the son of a nurse and a liberal director of human resources, he was named after French tennis player Yannick Noah. Agnel began swimming at the age of eight after a neighbor spotted his talent and urged his parents to enroll him in a swimming club, he integrated Skema Business School to study oceanography. He is now in the prestigious french Grande École Paris-Dauphine IX. At the 2009 European Junior Swimming Championships, Agnel won the 200- and 400-meter freestyle in European junior record times.
He was a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay that won gold ahead of Russia and Italy. In April 2010, Agnel set the French record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.35 to beat Amaury Leveaux's record of 1:46.54. In June 2010, he improved his record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.30. At the 2010 European Junior Swimming Championships, Agnel set the French record in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:46.26 to beat Nicolas Rostoucher's record of 3:46.28 en route to winning gold. At the 2010 European Aquatics Championships, Agnel won gold in the 400-meter freestyle setting a new French and championships record. Agnel combined with Fabien Gilot, William Meynard, Alain Bernard in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay to finish second behind Russia; as the second leg, Agnel had a 48.23 split. As the leadoff leg in the 4×200 m freestyle relay, Agnel broke his own French record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:45.83. Agnel, with Clement Lefert, Antton Haramboure, Jérémy Stravius finished in third place in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay behind Russia and Germany.
At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Agnel competed in three events. In his first event, the 400-meter freestyle, Agnel finished in 6th place with a time of 3:45.24. In his second event, the 200-meter freestyle, Agnel finished in fifth place with a time of 1:44.99, a new French record. Agnel won his only medal of a silver, in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay. Teaming with Grégory Mallet, Jérémy Stravius, Fabien Gilot, their team had a final time of 7:04.81, a new French record. The United States finished 1st with a time of 7:02.67. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Agnel won a total of three medals: one silver. In his first event, Agnel anchored a come-from-behind effort in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay to win gold with Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, Clément Lefert. Diving in with a 0.55 s deficit, Agnel was able to cut that down to a 0.30 s deficit at the 350-meter mark. In the last 50-meters, Agnel pulled ahead of American Ryan Lochte and France won with a time of 3:09:93 to the United States' time of 3:10:38.
Agnel swam the fastest split time of the entire field with a time of 46.74, the only individual to break 47 seconds. The next day, Agnel won his second gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:43.14, the fastest in French swimming history and 1.79 seconds ahead of silver medal winners Sun Yang and Park Tae-hwan. In the final, Agnel led from start-to-finish, recording a time of 50.64 in the first 100-meters and 52.50 in the last 100-meters. His time of 25.98 for the last 50-meters was by far the fastest in the field. Agnel won his final medal, a silver, in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay behind the United States with Amaury Leveaux, Grégory Mallet, Clément Lefert, he had the fastest split time of the field in the final with a time of 1:43.24 as the anchor leg. In his final event, the 100-meter freestyle, Agnel finished fourth in a personal best time of 47.84, 0.04 s of a second outside the medals. The European Swimming Federation named Agnel male European swimmer of the year 2012.
On November 15, 2012, Agnel broke his first world record in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:32.25 during the first day of the French short course nationals in Angers. In doing so, he bettered the previous record held by German swimmer Paul Biedermann established in 2009 with a full bodysuit. A day he set the European record in the 800-meter freestyle and on November 18, Agnel just missed Biedermann's world record in the 200-meter freestyle. At the 2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres held a week after the French nationals, Agnel won a total of three medals: two gold and one bronze. At year's end, Agnel was named the European Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. In 2013, Agnel was made a Knight of the Légion d'honneur. At the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Agnel competed only in three events. On the first day of the tournament, Agnel helped his French team capture the nation's first world title over the Americans and the Russians in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay.
Teaming with Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot, Jérémy Stravius in the final, Agnel recorded a lead-off split of 48.76 to deliver the French foursome a sterling time in 3:11.18. Two days Agnel added his second gold medal in the 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:44.20, finishing ahead of silver medalist and his training partner Conor Dwyer by 1.07 seconds. In his final event, 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, along with Stravius, Grégory Mallet, and