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Record breaking Laurent claims an Olympic place

30 January 2012

Loughborough University student Laurent Carnol has swam a lifetime best to secure a place on the Luxembourg Olympic team.

Laurent, who is studying Chemistry, had his fellow countrymen on their feet when he swam to a new national record and world leading time of 2:09.78 in the 200m Breaststroke at the 14th Luxembourg Euro Meet.

The time, a two second improvement on his lifetime best, saw him secure a berth on the Luxembourg Olympic team and become first Loughborough swimmer to win a place on the prestigious ‘London 2012 banner’ which will hang in the University’s ‘Pool of Dreams’.

Laurent, who was voted the male swimmer of the meet, also sprinted to a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:02.17.

Speaking to the Luxembourg media, Laurent a 2008 Beijing Olympian, claimed that being based at Loughborough University was a major factor in his development. Laurent said:

“It has helped me a lot for my personality and sport. There's a squad of about 80 swimmers which trains together. It's much more fun training with so many people. It really pulls you along.” Read the full article at wort.lu.

Laurent was one of many highlights from the small Loughborough contingent competing at the meet.

Caitlin McClatchey was voted the female swimmer of the meet, following fine performances to claim two victories in the women's 200m and 400m Freestyle, the latter in a meet record of 4:09.77.

Caitlin also won the silver medal in the 100m Freestyle, behind fellow Loughborough University graduate Amy Smith, who won the event in a time of 54.78.

Amy completed her own double gold performances in the freestyle events, recording a blistering 50m Freestyle meet record time of 25.34. Amy also won a gold medal in the 50m butterfly when she finished joint first.

Loughborough College graduate Joe Roebuck picked up three medals, winning silver medals in the 100m butterfly and 200m Individual Medley and the bronze in the 400m Individual Medley.

Full details can be found on the Loughborough Swimming website.

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