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Jérémie Azou (born 2 April 1989) is a French former rower. He is an Olympic, World, and European champion in the men's lightweight double sculls.

Jérémie Azou
Jérémie Azou 2013.jpg
Azou at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1989-04-02) 2 April 1989 (age 30)
Avignon, France
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Sport
SportLightweight rowing

CareerEdit

He was part of the French men's lightweight quadruple sculls team who won silver at the 2008 World Championships, with Pierre-Etienne Pollez, Fabrice Moreau and Remi Di Girolamo.[2]

In 2009, he won silver at the World Championships in the men's lightweight double sculls with Frederic Dufour.[3] In 2010, he teamed with Di Girolamo to win bronze at the European Championships.[4]

At the 2011 World Under 23 championships, he competed in the lightweight men's single sculls, winning the gold medal.[5]

In 2012, he began to team with Stany Delayre. They finished in 4th in the lightweight double sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3] An injury to Delayre meant that Azou competed in the lightweight single sculls at the 2013 World Championship, where he won the silver medal.[3][6]

Their team won the European Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the World Championships in 2015.[7] They also won a World silver medal in 2014.[8] The time of 06:11.38 Azou and Delayre set at the 2015 European Championships is still the fastest time at a European championships.[3] They also hold the fastest time at a World Cup.[3]

In 2015, Azou and Delayre won the World Rowing Male Crew of the Year Award.[3]

He teamed with Pierre Houin from 2016, winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics, and then the 2017 World Championship title.[7][3]

He was undefeated in the men's lightweight double sculls from 2015 to October 2017.[3][9] He retired in October 2017, announcing his retirement at a celebration of the renaming of the Avignon Rowing Club to Avignon Rowing Club: Base Nautique Jeremie Azou.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Azou originally swam as a hobby before taking up rowing at 12.[3] He is a trained physiotherapist.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jérémie Azou". rio2016.com. IOC. 26 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016..
  2. ^ "2008 World Rowing Championships – Linz Ottensheim, AUT – (LM4x) Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls – Final". World Rowing. 27 July 2008. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Olympic and World Champion Azou retires - worldrowing.com". World Rowing. 25 October 2017. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ "2010 European Championships – Montemor-o-Velho, POR – (LM2x) Lightweight Men's Double Sculls – Final". World Rowing. 12 September 2010. Archived from the original on 8 September 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "2011 Under 23 World Rowing Championships – Amsterdam, NED – (BLM1x) U23 Lightweight Men's Single Sculls – Final". World Rowing. 24 July 2011. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ "2013 World Rowing Championships – Chungju, KOR – (LM1x) Lightweight Men's Single Sculls – Final". World Rowing. 30 August 2013. Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b Jérémie Azou at FISA WorldRowing.com
  8. ^ "2014 World Rowing Championships – Amsterdam, NED – (LM2x) Lightweight Men's Double Sculls – Final". World Rowing. 30 August 2014. Archived from the original on 30 September 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Azou and Janssen head World Rowing's top 10 list for 2017 - worldrowing.com". World Rowing. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.