Agnel Interview: “It’s Rather Unacceptable”

In an interview with RMC Sport, below (in French), Yannick Agnel discussed the controversy over his third-place finish with a calm professionalism that masked his disappointment:

Natation – Agnel : “C’est assez inadmissible” by rmcsport

Unofficial translation by Anne Lepesant:

“I thought I’d seen everything in my career but that, …it’s terrible. It’s something else I can tell my kids and my grandkids. I don’t know. I’m second, apparently, it’s somewhat undeniable, but I stood on the third step of the podium. It’s rather unacceptable I think. I hope we’ll shine the light on this business.

“It seemed to me that in fact I’d touched second, but with the goggles and the fog and everything, I couldn’t be absolutely sure. Everyone, absolutely everyone, who had been on the finish line told me I had touched second by a large margin. It seems to me a rather honest response.

“It’s rather unacceptable in an Olympic selection meet to have the same problem twice. That is, this morning I finish first and they tell me I’m second in my heat, with a half-second difference between the pad and the real time. And then tonight when it creates a problem for an Olympic selection. It shouldn’t be the case. I don’t know who/what is at fault; surely it has something to do with the installation.

“I take it with a certain measure of calm; it’s not life and death. I’m in a good position. I think about Jordan [Pothain], who is living the same thing as me more or less, so it’s a bit complicated. But no matter what, I support the fact that I was second and that maybe there will still be a chance to be chosen for the Olympics.”


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Can we get some video of both prelims and finals?

Swimmer A

Soooo is he thinkin they will let people on the team who didn’t make the cut times??


If the meet keeps up like it has, I feel they might. I’m not sure if anyone has achieved a cut time, but I’m not following the meet too closely


I think he is talking about the relay in which France is prequalified.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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