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Christel Bouvron

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National team  Singapore
Height  1.65 m
Sport  Swimming
Weight  62 kg
Strokes  Freestyle, butterfly
Name  Christel Bouvron

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Full name  Christel Bouvron Mei Yen
Born  1 October 1984 (age 31) (1984-10-01) Singapore

College team  Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Christel Bouvron Mei Yen (born 1 October 1984) is a Singaporean former swimmer, who specialized in freestyle and butterfly events. She is a two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), a double finalist at the Asian Games (2002), and a gold medalist in the 200 m butterfly at the Southeast Asian Games (2003). Bouvron also became the first swimmer to qualify for the Olympics since 1920, while training for the Fighting Irish, and majoring in anthropology and classics at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Bouvron made her first Singaporean team, as a 15-year-old teen, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She failed to advance into the succeeding round in any of her individual events, finishing thirty-sixth in the 400 m freestyle (4:25.16), and thirty-second in the 200 m butterfly (2:17.62).

When South Korea hosted the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, Bouvron attempted to claim her first career medal, but settled only for sixth place in the 100 m butterfly, and eighth in the 200 m butterfly (2:17.42).

In 2003, Bouvron won a total of two medals in the same stroke at the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. Out of four tries in swimming, she only captured a gold in the 200 m butterfly final with a decisive time of 2:17.72, touching out Philippines' Maria Gandionco by more than two seconds.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Bouvron shortened her program by competing only in the 200 m butterfly. After winning her first gold from SEA Games, her seed time of 2:17.72 was officially confirmed and placed under a FINA B-standard. Bouvron participated in the first of four heats against seven other swimmers, including 15-year-old Maria Bulakhova. She rounded out a field to last place with a slowest time of 2:26.21, nearly 14 seconds behind winner Bulakhova. Bouvron failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed thirty-second overall in the preliminaries.

References

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