Xavier Desharnais

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Xavier Desharnais with Yasunari Hirai of Japan and Samuel de Bona of Brazil on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro at the King and Queen of the Sea competition

Francois Xavier Desharnais (born 1990) is a 27-year-old professional marathon swimmer from Sherbrooke, Canada.

Open Water Swimming Career


Pays : Canada, Sherbrooke
Âge : 23 ans
Poids : 78 kg / 172 lbs
Taille : 180 cm / 5'10"
Langues parlées : Français / Anglais
Faits intéressants : Depuis plusieurs années, ce jeune athlète de chez nous s'entraîne en eau libre pour un but ultime, les Jeux Olympiques deLondres en 2012. Il est arrivé 4ième en 2010, nous lui souhaitons un premier podium à Magog!

2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Desharnais is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

"While others faced the challenge of keeping up a fast pace in cold, rough waters, Xavier Desharnais faced the additional pressure from Québécois fans and their elevated expectations that a local swimmer was going to win the prestigious 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean. After coming in fourth last year, Desharnais re-focused and re-tooled himself to be prepared to claim victory in the famous Canadian race. Amid a flotilla of cheering fans on boats spread across the lac St-Jean, the personable swimmer from Sherbrooke dug deep and came back to stand on top of the podium with Tomi Stefanovski. For his fourth-place overall ranking in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix despite missing 2 of the 7 series races, for his competitiveness and joy in participating in marathon races around the world never without a smile on his face before or after a swim, for his victor under tremendous pressure in his native province, Xavier Desharnais is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

1. Adam Walker (Great Britain), Oceans Seven Swimmer
2. Allan Lopes Mamédio do Carmo (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
3. Colin Hill (Great Britain), Race Director & Open Water Ambassador
4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
5. Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ice Swimmer & Cold Water Ambassador
6. Joanes Hedel (France), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Champion
7. Joseph Locke (U.S.A.), Farallons Freestyler
8. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain), Ocean Advocate
9. Otto Thaning, M.D. (South Africa), Oldest English Channel Swimmer
10. Phil White (U.S.A.), Outstanding Organizer
11. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion
12. Xavier Desharnais (Canada), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion

Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean Victories

Desharnais talking about his victories at the 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, together with Guillermo Bértola

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