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Ilaria CUSINATO
Sport Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born05 Oct 1999 in Cittadella, ITA
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Padua, ITA
Occupation
Police Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Criminology, Linguistics - Campus Ciels: Padua, ITA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age 10.
Club / Team
Team Veneto [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Moreno Daga [personal], from 2019
General Interest
Nicknames
Cusi, Iaia (oasport.it, 16 Apr 2018)
Hobbies
Playing the flute, meteorology, languages, dancing. (oasport.it, 24 Aug 2019; corriere.it 02 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Alessandro Chinellato. (corriere.it 02 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu. (swimsam.com, 08 Jan 2018)
Injuries
A virus meant she had to miss the 2021 European Short Course Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (nuoto.com, 02 Nov 2021; swimswam.com, 01 Nov 2021)

In her first year of competitive swimming she sustained a hairline fracture to her elbow and was unable to train and compete for two months. (mattinopadova.gelocal.it, 01 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like challenges. Indeed, the more complex they are, the more they excite me." (corriere.it 02 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was Italy's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2019 World University Games in Naples, Italy. (universiade2019napoli.it, 03 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swimswam.com, 07 Apr 2021)
Other information
EATING DISORDER
In 2020 she spoke openly about struggling with bulimia during 2018 and 2019. "My first experience with the disorder was while we were in Flagstaff, Arizona [United States of America], for a period of altitude training. All the other athletes were cross-country skiers and, in their company, I saw myself as fat. Thus began two very long years of serious eating disorders, which hurt me, left me exhausted and put me in front of the highest mountain of all to climb to ask for help. I will always have this love and hate for my body. It is not something that will pass, but you have to live with it, like everyone has to face their fears." (padovasport.it, 11 Aug 2020; corriere.it, 09 Aug 2020; theowlpost.it, 01 Aug 2020)

COACHING CHANGE
In October 2019 she switched from working with US coach Shane Tusup in Cittadella, Italy to work under Moreno Daga in Padua, Italy. "I think I'm very connected with him [Daga] because he is not only a good coach, he's also like a father to me. He's very protective and I'm learning a lot from him. He has taught me to live a proper life, not only in my swimming career but outside too." (swimswam.com, 16 Dec 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:40.65
14 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.10
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:43.27
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 2:09.18
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:12.12
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Individual Medley 1:00.37
6 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:06.82
6 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:29.37
6 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Individual Medley 2:06.92
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:27.88
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:06.17
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley 59.85
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2022 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:44.24
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:38.08
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:08.91
6 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:11.70
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Individual Medley 4:35.05 
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Individual Medley 2:10.25
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly 2:08.91
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 2:14.42
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 2:13.41
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Individual Medley 4:29.13
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Individual Medley 1:00.38
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Individual Medley 2:08.42
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 400m Individual Medley 4:32.85
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.19
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Individual Medley 1:00.38
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Individual Medley 4:41.04
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 2:12.52
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley 1:01.38
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
34 2021   Overall Ranking  
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Individual Medley 1:01.04
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:07.44
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.34
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:31.35
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:08.78
8 2019 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:33.78
6 2019 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:15.54
3 2019 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:46.11
5 2019 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:15.07
5 2019 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:48.64
6 2019 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:16.16
4 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:34.50
6 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 2:09.05
4 2017 Eindhoven, NED 400m Individual Medley 4:34.11