13 July 2015 Ivan Sarto

SPORTEL Awards VIP – Fabien Gilot

Fabien GilotBorn in Denain in the North of France, Fabien Gilot spent his youth in a tough city. Forgetting his daily issues in sport, he began practicing waterpolo, which he said fits with his temperament. It is at that moment that he discovers his swimming skills and which then led to competitive swimming.

In 2000, he joined the Vikings of Rouen known as Stephan Caron’s training club and discovered what swimming competition level really is. Fabien Gilot soon established himself among the great hopes of french swimmers, especially in Linz (Austria) in 2002, when he became the European Junior double Champion in the 100m freestyle with the time of 50.47 seconds and 200m freestyle in 1.52.30 minute.

Specialized in freestyle sprint, he is a key member since 2003 of the french 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay in which he won several Olympics and European Gold Medals. He became in July 29th 2012, the Olympic relay Champion with his teammates Amaury Leveaux, Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel, four years after the french silver medal in the same relay in Beijing with Amaury Leveaux, Frederick Bousquet and Alain Bernard. Afterwards, in 2013, he won two Gold Medals during the Barcelona World Swimming Championships thanks to the relay 4 × 100 metres freestyle and 4 × 100 metres medley. In total, Fabien won nine World and Olympic Gold Medals and seven european (50 m.) ones. He also won in individual category the bronze medal in 50 m. freestyle race at the European championships (50 m.) in Budapest in 2010, a silver medal in the 100 metres freestyle at the World Championships (25 m.) in Dubai in 2010 and silver medal 100 metres freestyle at the European Championships (50 m.) in Berlin in 2014.

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