Olympic Games Rio 2016

Athlete's portrait: Laurent Carnol, the 'dolphin'


26 year old swimmer Laurent Carnol represents Luxembourg at the 31st Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He is born on 17 October 1989 in Ettelbruck. In Luxembourg, Laurent Carnol is THE breaststroke specialist, since he holds all the records of the country in this discipline.

Currently, the athlete holds a licence in two European swimming clubs, the Dauphin in Ettelbruck and the club at Loughborough University (England), where he continues to study chemistry.

In 2008, Laurent Carnol qualifies for the Olympics in Beijing to represent Luxembourg, he finishes 40th in the 200m breaststroke competition. In 2010, the sportsman participates in the European Championships long course and short course, where he finishes 5th and 4th respectively in the 200m breaststroke. The following year, he becomes the first Luxembourger to reach a semifinal at the World Aquatics Championships during the 200m breaststroke, and in 2012 – having qualified for the London Olympics – he also becomes the very first Luxembourger to reach any an Olympic semifinal in swimming. At the London Olympics, Laurent Carnol has also the honour of being the Luxembourg flag bearer for the closing ceremony. Its excellent performance allows him to be voted 'Sportsman of Luxembourg of 2012'.

In 2015, he participates in the GSSE (Games of the Small States of Europe) in Iceland, where he wins three gold medals in the 200m butterfly and the 100m and 200m breaststroke, and two team gold medals – with his colleague, Raphaël Stacchiotti, also present at the Olympics in Rio in 2016 – in the following disciplines: 200m medley relay and 200m freestyle relay.


Swimming has been an Olympic discipline since the Athens Games in 1896, the first edition of the modern era. Today, it's one of the disciplines where the highest number of medals is awarded. Swimming is made up of 32 competitions in total. Competitions are divided into semi finals – where the 16 best swimmers compete –, and the finals, where the best 8 swimmers race for a place on the podium. Swimming competitions in Rio are taking place at Barra de Tijuca. This is a temporary structure which will get dismantled after the end of the Olympic Games. 

  • Updated 12-08-2016