Stéphane Lecat

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Stéphane Lecat of France was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007 as an Honour Swimmer. He was also elected to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame board of directors in 2011 and serves as the Europe Vice President. He was named as one of the 101 Movers And Shakers In The Open Water Swimming World by the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.

He is also the Directeur de L'Eau libre for the Fédération Française de Natation (French Swimming Federation).


Swimming Career

Lecat was the premier professional marathon swimmer in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He was the FINA World Cup Series champion in 1997, 1999 and 2000. He won the 2000 European 25 km (15.5-mile) championship and 15K (9.3-mile) Mediterranean Championship in 1997. He won the 34 km (21-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean professional marathon swim in Canada in 1996, 1999, and 2000; the Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda, a 57 km (35-mile) FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race held in the Coronda River in Argentina in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, the 42 km (26-mile) Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog swim in Canada in 1995, 1996 and 2000 and the 36 km (22.5-mile) Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, USA in 2001.

He won 13 FINA World Cup professional races, placed third at the 2001 25 km FINA World Championships in Japan and won the 2000 European 25 km Championships in Finland, second in the 1997 European 25 km Championships in Spain and third in the 1995 European 25 km Championships in Italy. He also swam the English Channel in 8 hours 19 minutes in 2003.


- World Championships, 2001, Bronze Medal (25 km)
- European Championships, 2000, Gold Medal (25 km)
- European Championships, 1997, Silver Medal (25 km)
- European Championships, 1995, Bronze Medal (25 km)
- Three times winner of the World Cup FINA Marathon Swimming (1997, 1998, 2000)
- Ten times national Champion (5,10 and 25 Km)
- National Championships, 1997, Bronze medal on the 1500 free

Coaching Career

Lecat was employed by the Ministry of French Sport with responsibility for the development of the swimming in the Picardy Region. He was the head Coach for the Picardy Region Swimming Team and responsible for Swimming Coach Education for new coaches and continuing education for qualified coaches. He coached swimming to Amélie Caze, the 2010 world champion in Modern Pentathlon who qualified for the 2012 London Olympics.

He was also in charge of the sport class (age group) for the club JNC (Two gold medals (2010) and one in 2011 on the National age group on the 50 and 100 breast (F. Emery)

From 2002-2006, he was the National Coach at the National Institute of the Sport, the Expertise and the Performance (INSEP). He coached swimmers to two silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, one at the 2005 World Swimming Championships, five gold medals at the European championships (2003-2006), two 2004 Olympic swimmers (Malia Metella and Fabien Horth), several swimmers on the national junior and senior French teams, and one gold medal at the 2002 European Junior Championships in the 5K.

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