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ItalyItaly, ITA
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 September 1994
191 cm
Partner Letizia
Ostia, ITA
Athlete, Police Officer
English, Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His parents introduced him to swimming at age three months. He began competing at age six.
Club / Team
Fiamme Oro: Italy
Name of coach
Stefano Morini [personal], ITA
Training Regime
He trains six days a week, at least five hours daily in the pool.

General Interest

Greg, Frecciarossa di Carpi [Frecciarossa is a high-speed train in Italy]. (, 06 Mar 2013;, 05 Aug 2018)
Playing computer games, spending time with friends, listening to music, going to the cinema, supporting Italian football club Juventus and US basketball team New York Knicks. (, 22 Feb 2015;, 06 Mar 2013;, 14 Mar 2017;, 14 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 08 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (, 17 Aug 2017)
He sustained a hyper-extension of his right elbow during the 2019 US national championships in Key Biscayne, FL, United States of America. (, 09 May 2019)

He was affected by stomach flu and fever during the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (, 05 Aug 2018)
Other sports
He competes in both open water swimming and pool swimming at international level. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jan 2020)
To win gold in both the pool and open water at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 17 Aug 2017;, 13 Sep 2018; 24 Aug 2018)
Other information
After winning gold in the 1500m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he announced his intention to add open water swimming to his schedule ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I need stimulation and I also wanted to try something else. Thinking of doing another four years of doing only 800m and 1500m, I would be bored. Having another thing to devote myself to will also allow me to approach it differently and to lighten my responsibilities as well. I want to clarify that swimming in the pool remains my priority but this experience of open water is intriguing. I love swimming in the ocean more than in the pool. It's cool. It allows you to see incredible places." (, 27 Dec 2016;, 30 Jul 2017;, 13 Sep 2018;, 02 Aug 2019)

In October 2017 he moved to Australia in order to train with Australian freestyle swimmer Mack Horton. He returned to Italy in early 2018. "It was a beautiful experience, it was fun. I needed to get out from the normal routine I had in Ostia [Italy]. I wanted to make a change and this was the perfect time to do it." (, 27 Sep 2017;, 09 May 2018)

In 2017 he published an autobiography titled 'Il peso dell'acqua' [The Weight of Water]. (, 24 Jan 2018)