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BrazilBrazil, BRA


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
15 January 1991
192 cm
Partner Liz Willis
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Business, Public Administration - Auburn University: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 16 in Itu, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to try the swimming by his brother Philip, who participated in triathlons. Marcelo was inspired to take up the sport professionally after watching the 2007 Pan American Games.
Club / Team
EC Pinheiros: Brazil
Name of coach
Sergio Lopez Miro [personal], ESP
Training Regime
He trains at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, United States of America, with the University of Auburn post-graduate group.

International Debut

Competing for
World Short Course Championships
Dubai, UAE

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2017 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. (, 29 Aug 2017)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna, Brazilian footballer Ronaldo. (, 19 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What we do in life echoes in eternity." (, 19 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He received, as a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team that won gold at the 2019 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan, the Brazilian Olympic Award in 2018 as the best swimming performance of the year. (, 20 Nov 2018;, 11 Aug 2018)

He was named the 2013 Southeastern Conference [SEC] Male Swimmer of the Year while swimming for Auburn University in the United States of America. (, 2014)
Famous relatives
His partner is US broadcaster and model Liz Willis. (, 11 Aug 2016; Instagram profile, 12 Jun 2018
To qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 01 Jan 2018)
Other information
He, together with the municipality of Itu, Brazil, and a local social organisation, launched a social project called 'Nadando com Marcelo Chierighini' [Swimming with Marcelo Chierighini]. The project is aimed at the around 350 boys and girls, aged seven to 17, that take swimming lessons in Itu. “Inspiring kids and teenagers, by being a role model, is another victory that swimming is giving to me. Let's all create champions in sport and life.” (, 16 Apr 2018)

He has worked as a model for the Ford Models agency in Brazil. (, 2015)