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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 September 1994
191 cm
Partner Letizia
English, Italian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His first experience in the water was at three months old.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by his father, who worked as a swimming coach in Carpi, Italy.
Club / Team
Fiamme Oro [ITA] / Coopernuoto [ITA]:
Name of coach
Stefano Morini [national], ITA
Training Regime
His training schedule consists of 10 swimming sessions and three gym sessions. On average he swims between eight and nine kilometres in a two-hour session.

International Debut

Competing for

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 was affected by stomach flu and fever during the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (, 05 Aug 2018)
To win gold in both the pool and open water swimming at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 17 Aug 2017;, 13 Sep 2018; 24 Aug 2018)
Other information
He has considered changing careers after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "After the Olympics I will be almost 26 years old and it is not an advanced age for a swimmer but I will look back and see already 10 years of career that is a lot. Every now and then I think about what I will do, it will also depend on how I will live the next two years and how the races will go. Certainly there can be other things besides swimming and it is not excluded that he decides to change his life because at the age of 26 one can also think of doing something else in a productive way but for the choices there will be time." (, 24 Aug 2018)

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)

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 also because I want to try something else. Thinking of doing another four years of doing only 800 and 1500, I would be bored. Having another thing to devote myself to will also allow me to take it all differently and to lighten my responsibilities as well. I want to clarify that swimming in the pool remains my priority but this experience of the fund is intriguing." (, 27 Dec 2016;, 30 Jul 2017;, 13 Sep 2018)

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