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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 August 1988
179 cm
Partner Matteo Giunta
Verona, ITA
English, Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming when her parents took her to a pool before she was old enough to walk.
Club / Team
CC Aniene: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Matteo Giunta [personal], from 2014

International Debut

Competing for

General Interest

Fede, Lioness of Verona, La Divina (, 20 Dec 2018; FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 20 Apr 2011;, 11 Apr 2014)
Fashion, music. (, 01 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 28 Jun 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family and coach Alberto Castagnetti. (, 20 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Italian Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 07 Dec 2010;, 19 Feb 2007)
She was troubled by a back strain in late 2014 and early 2015, and underwent surgery later in the year. (, 19 Dec 2015;, 21 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Gazzetta Sports Awards in Italy. (, 20 Dec 2019)

In 2018 she received the Giulio Onesti Award from the Giulio Onesti Foundation. (, 28 Jun 2018)

She was presented with the 2018 Cangrande d'Oro Award in Verona, Italy. (, 07 Mar 2018)

She was named Woman of the Year in 2017 by her fellow Italian athletes. (, 02 Mar 2018)

She was Italy's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Aug 2016)

She was named the International Sports Press Association [AIPS] 2011 European Female Athlete of the Year. (, 02 Jan 2012)

She was named the 2009 World Female Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. She was also named European Female Swimmer of the Year by the magazine in 2009, 2010 and 2011. (, 01 Dec 2009;, 30 Nov 2011)
She became the first swimmer to win eight consecutive medals in the same event at the world championships when she claimed gold in the 200m freestyle at the 2019 edition of the tournament in Gwangju, South Korea. At previous editions of the tournament she had won three gold medals [2009, 2011, 2017], three silver medals [2005, 2013, 2015] and one bronze medal [2007] in the event. (, 28 Oct 2015;, 26 Jul 2017;, 29 Jul 2019)

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she became Italy's first female Olympic champion in swimming. At the 2004 Games in Athens, she became the youngest Italian athlete to win an individual Olympic medal when she claimed silver in the 200m freestyle at age 16. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Aug 2018; 21 Jun 2005;, 30 Nov 2010)
Famous relatives
Her grandfather Gastone was an Italian national wrestling champion. Her partner Matteo Giunta has served as her personal swimming coach. (, 20 Dec 2019;, 06 May 2011)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 02 Mar 2018;, 02 Nov 2018)
Other information
She plans to retire from competitive swimming after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "After Tokyo I will put an end to my career. I am not afraid of retirement. After 2020 I would like to get into a new world." (, 25 May 2018)

She has a number of tattoos on her body, including a design of roses containing the three colours of the Italian flag, as well as the name 'Alberto' [Castagnetti], her coach who passed away in 2009. Her first was a Chinese dragon on her ankle after winning her first championships at age 14, though she had to convince her parents to let her get it. She told them it was a prize she wanted to give herself for all her hard work. (, 19 Jul 2011; Gianni Merlo [AIPS], 02 Aug 2011)