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MARAIS Florent
Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthGranville, FRA
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Residence
Antibes, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight.
Why this sport?
He was advised to take up swimming by his prosthetist. "I didn't like it at the beginning. I only did it because I had to practise a sport because I couldn't stay still for 30 seconds. But I began loving it after some time. I have always been at ease in the water and this sport helps me face life no matter what challenge."
Club / Team
Handisport Antibes Mediterranee: France
Name of coach
Regis Gautier [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
France
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Dublin, IRL
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing sports. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
French Para swimmer Elodie Lorandi. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, French Para swimmer David Smetanine. (handisport.org, 10 Sep 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He throws water to his face three times before starting the race. For the backstroke events, he also likes to slap the water once after he jumps into the pool. (handisport.org, 10 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't change your dreams, change the world." (Instagram profile, 14 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Para Athlete of the Year of the Manche department in France. (ouest-france.fr, 21 Jul 2015)
Other sports
He won a gold medal in Para cycling at the French national championships in 2016. (ouest-france.fr, 05 May 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ouest-france.fr, 05 May 2018)
Impairment
He was born with agenesis in his right leg. (ouest-france.fr, 05 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 400m Freestyle S10 4:18.45
6 2019 100m Butterfly S10 59.48
4 2019 100m Backstroke S10 1:01.12
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 100m Backstroke S10 1:04.42
4 2018 400m Freestyle S10 4:23.39
6 2018 100m Butterfly S10 1:00.70
10 2018 100m Freestyle S10 59.07