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Benedetta PILATO
Sport Swimming
NOC Italy   
Born18 Jan 2005 in Taranto, ITA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Taranto, ITA
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age two and competing at age four. "After the first race, and then the second and third, I got a taste for competing."
Why this sport?
Coach Vito D'Onghia persuaded her parents to let her become a competitive swimmer at age four. "My dad had swam at a competitive level and absolutely didn't want me to follow this path. He wanted me to play tennis, but Vito came to my home one afternoon on his moped to talk to my parents so I could compete in meetings. In the end he managed to convince them."
Club / Team
CC Aniene: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Vito D'Onghia [personal]
Training Regime
She is based in Taranto, Italy, but trains twice a week in either Rome or Bari where she has access to a 50-metre pool.
General Interest
Benny the Rocket, Benny (Instagram profile 24 Feb 2021; swimswam.com, 24 Aug 2020)
Nail care, listening to music. (raiplay.it, 15 May 2021; tokyo2020.coni.it, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Recording a qualifying standard in the 100m breaststroke for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo while triumphing at the Italian national championships in December 2020. (swimmingpoolsdaily.com, 08 Feb 2021; swimswam.com, 17 Dec 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Vito D'Onghia. (laringhiera.net, 26 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese." (Instagram profile, 18 Jan 2021)
She became the first female Italian swimmer to swim the 50m breaststroke in a time under 30 seconds when she swam 29.98s during the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (swimswam.com, 08 Oct 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.93
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 29.80
7 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.86
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Breaststroke 30.00
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Breaststroke 29.50
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2022 Rome, ITA 100m Breaststroke 1:05.97
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.34
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 29.35
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:05.23
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 29.75
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 29.32
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:06.07
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.92