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Simona QUADARELLA
Sport Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born18 Dec 1998 in Rome, ITA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Alessandro Fusco
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Economics - Link Campus University: Rome, ITA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age six and began competing at age eight with the Delta Roma Sports Club in Italy.
Why this sport?
Her father coached swimming. "Both my dad and grandfather have a great passion for this sport. Dad practised it at a competitive level until high school. My parents took me and my sister to the swimming pool from an early age. Not so much because they aspired to competitive practice, but because they simply wanted us to learn to swim, so that we would have no problems or fear at sea."
Club / Team
CC Aniene: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Christian Minotti [club], ITA
Training Regime
She trains six days a week, including double sessions on four days. She does gym work twice per week.
General Interest
Nicknames
Squiddy [after an animation character], Quadabella, Gnappez, Veleno (vanityfair.it, 12 Nov 2020; gazzetta.it, 21 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Going to the cinema. (vanityfair.it, 24 Apr 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 1500m freestyle at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, and winning bronze in the 800m freestyle at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (ilmessaggero.it, 02 Oct 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (vanityfair.it, 24 Apr 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her older sister Erica. (vanityfair.it, 12 Nov 2020; arenawaterinstinct.com, 17 Dec 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to pop music before races. (vanityfair.it, 24 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What pushes me forward is the desire of victory. Not for the victory in itself but for what it makes me feel, a big emotion." (gazzetta.it, 28 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received a sporting achievement award from the mayor of Rome, Italy. It was given in recognition of her performance at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, where she won gold in 1500m freestyle and silver in 800m freestyle. (comune.roma.it, 28 Oct 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jun 2021)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Erica has competed in swimming for Italian club CC Aniene. Her partner Alessandro Fusco has competed in swimming for Italy at junior level, and won silver in the 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Feb 2009; Alessandro Fusco Instagram profile, 24 Apr 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Jan 2022)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (ilmessaggero.it, 02 Oct 2021)
Other information
BOOK
She has co-authored a book entitled 'My Blue Space', which focuses on the impact the sport has had on her life. (affaritaliani.it, 30 Oct 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 15:53.97
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:18.35
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:19.00
5 2022 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 16:03.84
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 15:40.89
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 8:14.99
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:53.86
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:26.50
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:02.82
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:07.99
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:03.93
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:08.03
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:04.94
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:43.18
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle  
1 2022 Rome, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:20.54
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:53.59
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:20.23
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:04.66
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:56.72
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle 15:51.61
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 8:16.45
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 4:03.35
5 2016 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 16:22.64
5 2016 London, ENG 800m Freestyle 8:31.43
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 15:34.16
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:10.54
5 2021 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:02.10
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 8:10.30
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:59.75
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 800m Freestyle 8:16.53
7 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 400m Freestyle 4:07.34
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
38 2021   Overall Ranking  
2 2021 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:03.74
8 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 2:01.22
1 2021 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:21.41