Yannick Agnel spoke to reporters after finishing seventh in the 100 meters freestyle on Friday night with 49.14 and missing out on a chance to defend his Olympic title in the 200 following a controversial final on Wednesday.
Agnel appeared a bit defeated, and acknowledged he’d had a couple of difficult years. “I’ve tried to come back, little by little… that 100 was complicated. I just wanted to give it my all. I have no regrets, and that’s what matters tonight. In any case they had a great race up front. Jeremy was monstrous. I’ll think I’ll watch it again later, it was a little hard to see from the outside, with fogged-up googles, from out in lane 8, but congratulations to them. It proves you have to work twice as hard.”
When asked if he felt sad, he said, “A little. I trained hard every day. I did what I needed to do in order to be at the top, and as it happens, I wasn’t. On the one hand I have no regrets because I know when I swim I give it all I have. On the other hand it’s hard not being at the same level as before. It’s complicated but, as I’ve said before, I’ve been through so much over the last four years. Choices I do not regret at all because they brought me good things, but athletically, it’s more difficult. I’m feeling old (laughs).”
The reporters then asked if he would retire after Rio, to which he answered: “I don’t know. Probably. We’ll see what happens. In any case it’s not something I’m going to announce right now.”
Here is the interview in French: