Stéphane Lecat Joins International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Board Of Directors

Stéphane Lecat Joins International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Board Of Directors

Stéphane Lecat was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007 as an Honor Swimmer and was recently elected to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame board of directors in 2011.

Stéphane was one of the premier professional marathon swimmers in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He was the FINA World Cup Series champion in 1997, 1999 and 2000 and won the 2000 European 25K (15.5-mile) championship and 15K (9.3-mile) Mediterranean Championship in 1997. He also won the 34K (21-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean professional marathon swim in 1996, 1999, and 2000.

He was victorious in the 57K (36-mile) Rio Corondo in Argentina in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, the 42K (26-mile) Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog swim in 1995, 1996 and 2000 and the 36K (22.5-mile) Around the Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City in 2001.

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

After his athletic career was over, he shifted gears and utilized his talents from pool decks and shorelines. The Ministry of French Sport hired him to develop swimming in the Picardy Region. He coached Amélie Caze, the 2010 world champion in Modern Pentathlon in 2010 who qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. He was also the National Coach at the National Institute of the Sport, the Expertise and the Performance where he coached swimmers to two silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, one at the 2005 World Swimming Championships, five golds at the European championships (2003-2006), and one gold medal at the 2002 European Junior Championships in the 5K.

A bilingual expert who understands solo swimming, competitive swimming, coaching and administrative duties related to the sport, Stéphane will be a wonderful addition to the Board of Directors at the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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