Amaury Leveaux

Amaury Raymond Leveaux (born 2 December 1985) is a French swimmer from Belfort.[1] Leveaux is the current world record holder in the 100 m freestyle (short course – 44.94 sec). He formerly held the world records in the 50 m freestyle (short course – 20.48 sec) and the 50 m butterfly (short course – 22.18 sec). He also formerly held the national record in the 200 m freestyle (long course – 1:46.54).

Amaury Leveaux
Amaury Leveaux on winning the silver medal in the 50 m at the 2008 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameAmaury Raymond Leveaux
Nationality France
Born (1985-12-02) 2 December 1985
Belfort, France
Height2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly
ClubLagardère Paris Racing


Up to 2003, Leveaux competed in the junior categories, and was runner-up in the 100 m freestyle and the 100 m butterfly in the European Championships in Glasgow in 2003.[2] Having previously dominated the French junior championships, Leveaux took the silver in the 50 m butterfly event in the French open championship in 2003 held in Saint-Étienne.

In 2004, Leveaux won his first gold medal in the French Championships in the 200 m freestyle, while also taking the silver in the 100 m freestyle event. He was later chosen to join the French national swimming squad for the European Championships held in Madrid, where he helped the French relay team win the bronze medal in the 4×100 and 4 × 200 m freestyle events.[2] In the individual 200 m freestyle event, Leveaux came in fifth, breaking his first French record with 1 min 48.80 seconds. Three months later, Leveaux competed on the relay team in the Athens games, in the 4×100 and 4 × 200 m freestyle events. Although the team failed to qualify for the final in the 4×100 m, the team came in seventh place in the 4 × 200 m.

Leveaux was the runner-up in the 100 m freestyle at the 2005 French National Championships, and participated in the World Championships in Montréal in July, he qualified for the final in the 100 m freestyle, but came in at eighth place.[3] In 2006, he became national champion in the 100 m butterfly and European runner-up – he came in behind the Ukrainian Andriy Serdinov in Budapest.[4]

At the French national championships, Leveaux managed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 50 m and 200 m freestyle events. Finishing fifth in the 100 m, he also qualified for the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay team. He set an Olympic record in the 100 m freestyle in the heats of the relay after leading off. France finished second in the final and Leveaux thus won a silver medal. Later in the week, Leveaux set an Olympic record in his preliminary 50 m freestyle heat with a time of 21.46 seconds. In the final of that event, he swam even faster (21.45 seconds) but finished behind Brazil's César Cielo Filho to take the silver medal.

At the 2008 European short course championships, Amaury Leveaux broke the world record in the men's 100 m freestyle, recording a time of 44.94 seconds. As of 2018, this remains the world record and the only time under 45 seconds from a flat start.

After a couple of years spent in far from his best form, Amaury Leveaux made a comeback at the 2012 European Championship in Debrecen (Hungary). He won the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay with teammates Alain Bernard, Frédérick Bousquet and Jérémy Stravius. He also won a silver medal in the 200 m freestyle (1:47.69). At the 2012 Olympics in London, he was the lead swimmer of the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay, winning gold with teammates Fabien Gilot, Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel, and of the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, winning silver.

At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, he earned a gold medal after swimming in the heats of the 4 × 100 m freestyle but was not included in the team for the final.

In December 2013, at age 28, he announced his retirement from competitive swimming. However, in September 2018, he announced his comeback to competitive swimming, targeting a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 50 m freestyle. He now plans to swim at USC with coach Dave Salo.

See also


  1. "50-Fly-M" (PDF). LEN. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  2. "Press kit, 2008 French Championships" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 November 2008. (1.32 MB), FFN (French Swimming Federation). Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  3. "100 m freestyle final". Swimrankings. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. "100m butterfly final". Swim rankings. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
Preceded by
Roland Schoeman
Men's 50 metres freestyle
world record holder (short course)

11 December 2008 – 8 August 2009
Succeeded by
Roland Schoeman
Preceded by
Alain Bernard
Men's 100 metres freestyle
world record holder (short course)

12 December 2008 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Matt Jaukovic
Men's 50 metres butterfly
world record holder (short course)

6 December 2008 – 14 November 2009
Succeeded by
Steffen Deibler
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