FINA Best Male Artistic Swimmers 2017

Maltsev & Minisini in 10 clicks

December 07th, 2017

First for Italy

Giorgio Minisini’s gold in the Mixed Duet Technical (with Manila Flamini) in Budapest 2017 is the first world title for Italy in this discipline

Golden duet

Maltsev paired with Mikhaela Kalancha to win the Mixed Duet Free final in Budapest, with a total of 92.6000 points


“I should be grateful to a former girlfriend. Had she not been beside me at times I wouldn’t have achieved this result. I would have given up halfway. Even though life changes, you cannot forget the one who helped you when you really needed it” - Giorgio Minisini


“We can see a huge progress, comparing Kazan and Budapest. FINA made a resolution about the mixed duets just half a year before the World Championships in 2015. It was hard to achieve a high quality through this period. But the situation changed in Budapest greatly. The number of participating duets increased and the skill level as well” - Alexandr Maltsev

Bronze in 2015

Minisini was also successful at the inaugural mixed events at the World Championships: in Kazan 2015, he won two bronze medals, in the duet technical and free programmes


“Virginie Dedieu was in Budapest as a coach of Team Spain. She just came to swim and we executed some elements on impulse. Not even experienced duets are able to perform such tricky elements. But we suited each other and did everything from the first attempt. Virginie was an outstanding soloist” - Aleksandr Maltsev

Family tradition

Giorgio Minisini is 21 and entered in the sport at 6. His mother was also an artistic swimmer, while the father is an international judge in the discipline


It is the second time Maltsev got the “Best Athlete of the Year” award, after winning the FINA accolade in 2015

Complete sport

“First of all, there is a masculine part of this sport, I found it pretty quickly. I was proud to be part of a sport which demanded working a lot on the tiniest details. You are out of the water, in the water, under the water. It’s swimming, gymnastics, ballet at the same time” - Giorgio Minisini