Top 11 Most Popular Madagascar Swimming Players of All Time

Marjan Sokolovski

Swimming is an important sport in Madagascar, and the country has produced some of the best swimmers in the world.

Madagascar is home to several Olympic-level swimmers, including Jean-Claude Rakotoarimanana, Bernardin Randriamampionona, Joram Soarimalala, and Jacques Raveloarison.

These athletes have not only achieved success in the pool but have also inspired generations of young swimmers in Madagascar.

We’ll take a look at the accomplishments of the top swimming players in Madagascar, and how they have left an indelible mark on the country’s sporting heritage.

1. Heriniavo Rasolonjatovo

Heriniavo Rasolonjatovo is a talented swimmer from Madagascar. He was chosen to represent his country at the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo, Japan. In the men’s 100 metre backstroke event, he represented his country with pride and passion.

He competed against some of the best swimmers in the world and was determined to make his country proud. At the Olympics, Heriniavo Rasolonjatovo was able to demonstrate his skills in the pool and put in a strong performance.

Despite the fierce competition, he was able to put in a good showing and make his mark on the global stage.

His determination and hard work paid off, as he was able to reach the semi-finals of the event and finish in an impressive 11th place. Heriniavo Rasolonjatovo’s performance in the 2020 Summer Olympics was a remarkable achievement, not only for himself but for his country.

He was able to put Madagascar on the international swimming map, making his country proud. His hard work and dedication to the sport is something that should be celebrated and admired. He has set an example for future athletes, and his story is an inspiration to all.

2. Tiana Rabarijaona

Tiana Rabarijaona is a talented swimmer from Madagascar. In 2019, she had the opportunity to represent her country at the World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea.

At the Championships, Tiana participated in two separate events: the women’s 200 metre freestyle and the women’s 400 metre freestyle.

This was an incredible opportunity for her to showcase her skills on an international level and compete against some of the best swimmers in the world. As a young athlete, Tiana must have felt proud and excited to be representing her country in such a prestigious event.

It is clear that her hard work and dedication have paid off and she is now being recognized for her talent and potential.

3. Zoë Andrianifaha

Zoë Andrianifaha is a Malagasy swimmer who made history when he competed in three events at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He is considered to be one of the most successful Malagasy athletes ever, as he was the first swimmer from Madagascar to ever participate in the Olympics.

Zoë competed in the 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, and 400m Freestyle events, representing his home country with pride. His success at the Olympics brought hope to the people of Madagascar, inspiring them to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars.

Zoë’s accomplishments are a testament to the power of determination and hard work, and he has become an icon of perseverance for many. He continues to encourage the people of Madagascar to pursue their dreams, and his legacy continues to live on.

4. Tsilavina Ramanantsoa

Tsilavina Ramanantsoa is a Malagasy swimmer who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of swimming. Ramanantsoa is best known for his performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he competed in the Men’s 200 metre breaststroke.

During the event, Ramanantsoa displayed his impressive swimming skills and athleticism, ultimately achieving a respectable finish.

His performance in the event earned him much recognition and admiration from the Malagasy swimming community, as well as from international spectators and athletes.

Ramanantsoa is an inspiration to many aspiring swimmers, and his performance in the 2012 Summer Olympics has certainly cemented his name in the history books.

5. Harijesy Razafindramahata

Harijesy Razafindramahatra is an Olympic swimmer from Madagascar. She had the honor of representing her country in the 1996 Summer Olympics in the Women’s 100 metre backstroke. During the heats, she swam a time of 1:13.83, a remarkable achievement.

This puts her in the ranks of some of the most elite swimmers in the world. Razafindramahatra is a shining example of the potential of Malagasy athletes, and she serves as an inspiration to other athletes in her home country.

Her performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics is a testament to the strength and determination of Malagasy athletes, and she has set a high bar for future swimmers.

6. Nicole Rajoharison

Nicole Rajoharison is an Olympic swimmer from Madagascar. She participated in the 1980 Summer Olympics, competing in two events.

She is an inspiration to many in her home country, and around the world, for her determination and hard work in the pursuit of her Olympic dream. Rajoharison began her swimming career in Madagascar, where she trained and practiced for years with the goal of making it to the Olympics.

She was one of the first Malagasy swimmers to represent the country in the Olympic Games and her achievements are still remembered and celebrated today. Rajoharison’s two events at the 1980 Summer Olympics were the 100m freestyle and the 400m freestyle.

She swam in both heats and semifinals and although she did not make it to the final, her participation is still considered a great accomplishment. Rajoharison’s dedication and hard work are an example for many of what is possible when you put in the effort.

She is a reminder that with enough effort and dedication, you can achieve great things – even if they seem impossible. Her success in the Olympics is a source of pride for her country and her example of hard work and determination is an inspiration to all.

7. Bako Ratsifa

Bako Ratsifa is a Malagasy swimmer who made history in 1980 when she became the first female athlete to represent Madagascar in the Summer Olympics.

She competed in two events in the 1980 Olympics, making her the first female swimmer to represent Madagascar on an international level. Ratsifa’s legacy continues to this day, as her younger sister, Vola Hanta Ratsifandrihamanana, swam in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

This makes Ratsifa and her sister the first two siblings to ever compete in the Olympics for Madagascar.

Ratsifa’s accomplishments in 1980 were a monumental achievement in her country’s history, and her sister’s involvement in the 1992 games further solidified their legacy as trailblazers in the sport of swimming.

8. Vola Hanta Ratsifa Andrihamanana

Vola Hanta Ratsifa Andrihamanana is a Malagasy swimmer who represented her country in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She competed in the 50 metres freestyle and the 100 metre breaststroke. Sadly, she did not make it past the first heat in either event.

Her time for the 50 metres freestyle was 28.22 seconds, and her time for the 100 metre breaststroke was 1:17.77. This was a remarkable achievement for a swimmer from Madagascar, as the country does not have many well known swimmers.

In a sport where even fractions of a second can make all the difference, Ratsifa Andrihamanana was able to compete at the highest level on the world stage. Her efforts are an inspiration to all aspiring Malagasy swimmers.

9. Tojohanitra Andriamanjatoarimanana

Tojohanitra Tokin’aina Andriamanjatoarimanana is an Olympic swimmer from Madagascar who has competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Her name, however, has caused some confusion due to its length.

In some events, her name has been truncated or spelled differently to make it easier to put on scorecards and other documents.

This can be attributed to the fact that her name is quite long and complicated, and it is a common challenge for people to remember and accurately spell a name of this length.

Despite the confusion that her name has caused, she has still managed to make a name for herself in the world of Olympic swimming.

10. Aina Fils Rabetsara

Estellah Fils Rabetsara is a talented swimmer who represented Madagascar at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She competed in the Women’s 100m freestyle event, where she finished at #44 with a time of 1:01.11.

Unfortunately, she was unable to advance to the semifinal round of the competition. Rabetsara was determined to better her performance from the 2012 event and returned to compete in the same event in 2012.

She was dedicated to doing her best for her home country, even though she did not advance to the next round.

11. Mbolatiana Ramanisa

Mbolatiana Ramanisa is a former competitive swimmer from Madagascar. She specialized in sprint freestyle events, which are races that are typically 50 meters or shorter.

In 2000, she was given the opportunity to represent her country in the women’s 50 meter freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Ramanisa was granted a ticket to the event by FINA, the international governing body for competitive swimming, under the Universality program, an initiative that provides athletes from developing nations with the opportunity to compete in the Olympics.

She had an entry time of 28.54 seconds for the event.


Madagascar is home to some of the best swimming players in the world. From experienced Olympians to promising up-and-comers, the country is full of talented swimmers that demonstrate the potential of the sport in Madagascar.

With proper support and training, these swimmers have the potential to continue to excel and make a name for themselves on the national and international stage.

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Marjan Sokolovski

I am a professional swimming coach who has been coaching for over 20 years. I have coached athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics, and I have also helped to train people across the world. I started my coaching career by teaching swimming lessons at a local pool. I was really passionate about teaching people how to swim, but I quickly realized that this wasn't enough for me. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and help them achieve their goals. I started working with athletes in high school, college, and then professionally. The best part about coaching is that you get the opportunity to work with so many different types of people from all walks of life - it's just incredible! LinkedIn