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Athletes

Valerio
Cleri
ItalyItaly, ITA
Male
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
19 June 1981
Languages
Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 25km at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (azzurridigloria.com, 19 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't fence me in." (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 20 Feb 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2010 he was named Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year by both the International Swimming Federation [FINA] and Swimming World Magazine. (FINA, 07 Jan 2011)
Other sports
He represented Italy in swimming at the 2003 World Cup event in Stockholm, Sweden. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Oct 2017)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Italian male open water swimmer to win gold in the 25km at the world championships when he triumphed in the event at the 2009 edition in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Oct 2017; valeriocleri.com, 01 Jun 2012)