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Domenico ACERENZA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born19 Jan 1995 in Potenza, ITA
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Potenza, ITA
Occupation
Police Athlete
Languages
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age five.
Why this sport?
He began swimming on the advice of doctors. "I didn't like it at the beginning, but after being in the pool and taking part in competitions I began to like it."
Club / Team
GS Fiamme Oro [ITA] / CC Napoli [ITA]:
Name of coach
Fabrizio Antonelli [personal], ITA, from 2020
General Interest
Nicknames
Mimmo (ethicsport.it, 01 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Photography, video editing, filming. (nuoto.com, 26 Jul 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 5km open water mixed relay at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Jun 2021; nuoto.com, 26 Jul 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Vito Santarsiero. (ethicsport.it, 01 Jan 2020)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (ethicsport.it, 01 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming was a school of life. It forged my character. Sport helps you to face situations, even in everyday life." (swimbiz.it, 12 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he received the Heraclea Award in Potenza, Italy, as an outstanding citizen in the category of sport. (comune.potenza.it, 06 Aug 2021)
Other sports
He has represented Italy in open water swimming, and won silver in the 5km mixed relay at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Nov 2020)
Other information
FOCUS ON THE POOL
He has represented Italy in both indoor and open water swimming, but decided in 2020 that he would focus on the pool ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "My priority remains pool swimming. I will certainly continue competing in open water because I have fun there and I see it as a feasible path to follow in the future." (swimswam.com, 12 May 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:53.84
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 14:52.05
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 1500m Freestyle 14:24.31
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 1500m Freestyle 14:33.89
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle  
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 14:54.36
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:50.00
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle 14:51.88
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 7:51.64
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 14:38.85
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 7:47.36
8 2019 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle 14:51.49
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 1500m Freestyle 14:47.21
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:50:58.2
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 5km 53:22.6
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 6km - Team Relay  
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 53:34.0
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 53:58.9
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2021 Budakalász, HUN 10km 1:51:55.9
1 2021 Budakalász, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:09.0
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022   10km  
2 2022 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:53:47.20
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:48:12.0