Olympic Medalist Amaury Leveaux Coming Out of Retirement To Chase 50 Free Gold In Tokyo

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In a report from multiple news outlets, Olympic medalist Amaury Leveaux announced he is coming out of retirement at the age of 32.

Leveaux originally retired in 2013 at the age of 28, but is coming back because he thinks he has something left in the tank to challenge for a gold in the 50 free in two years.

“I still have something to do in the 50m,” he said according to Yahoo! News. “My goal is to win Olympic gold in Tokyo.”

“I’m made for that, I know it, I feel it,” he said. “I like the challenges, my goal is the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, I’m coming back because I love swimming. I do not feel I have reached the end,” said Leveaux, adding that he did “not need to work” to get in shape.

Leveaux retired after swimming the first leg on the 4×100 free relay for France in the prelims of the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. In 2012, he swam the first leg on the gold medal winning 4×100 free relay team at the London Olympics with Fabien GilotClement Lefert and Yannick Agnel that shocked the Americans and Australians. It was France’s first ever Olympic gold medal in a swimming relay.

Four years prior, he swam the first leg for France in the now-famous 4×100 free relay at the Beijing Olympics. He won the silver medal in what is still the second fastest relay ever with Gilot, Fred Bousquet and Alain Bernard.

Amaury Leveaux has a total of four Olympic medals. He won two medals in the 4×100 free relay and also won a silver in the 50 free in 2008 and a silver in the 4×200 free relay in 2012.

Leveaux also currently holds the world record in the SCM 100 free at 44.94 from the 2008 European Championships.

Leveaux will be 34 by the time the Tokyo Olympics roll around and he will be chasing the likes of Great Britain’s Ben Proud and American Caeleb Dressel.

Yahoo! News contributed to this report, which can be found here.

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    His face after the Beijing relay was epic

  2. Rick Parker

    Best of luck getting past a 23 year-old Caeleb Dressel in top form.

  3. John Gatfield

    Michael Pickett! More competition mate!

  4. Joyce Nordeman Rivers

    Trying to be Anthony Ervin… That was beautiful to watch. Good luck. I imagine it is a lot harder than Anthony made it look.

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