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Cecilia BIAGIOLI
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Argentina   
GenderWomen
Born03 Jan 1985 in Córdoba, ARG
Height1.67 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Fernando, son Joaquin [2013]
Residence
Córdoba, ARG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven at the Taborin School in Argentina. She took up open water swimming in 2009.
Why this sport?
She initially went to the pool at age six, but she was afraid to swim, so gave up the sport. She returned to swimming at age seven.
Name of coach
Claudio Biagioli [brother], ARG, from 2008
General Interest
Nicknames
Ceci, Cecy (Instagram profile, 16 Feb 2020; Twitter profile, 16 Feb 2020; lavoz.com.ar, 22 Jun 2021)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian basketball players Marcelo Milanesio and Manu Ginobili, Argentinian swimmers Jose Meolans and Georgina Bardach. (fen.org.ar, 10 Aug 2006)
Injuries
She sustained a cartilage injury in the inner portion of her left shoulder in March 2017. (mundod.lavoz.com.ar, 22 Jul 2017)

In June 2016 she suffered a bout of hypothermia during the 2016 Olympic Games qualifying event in Setubal, Portugal, forcing her to withdraw from the race. (lavoz.com.ar, 11 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fight for what really fills your soul, and have the virtue of knowing how to wait, because everything that has to be, will be." (Instagram profile, 20 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2021 she received the Cordoba, Cradle of Champions Golden Award as Best Sportsperson in Cordoba province, Argentina, awarded by the province's Sports Journalists Circle. That year she was also the recipient of the Silver Condor award from the Cordoba Sports Agency as Best Amateur Female of the Year in the province, and was named Best Swimmer of the Year and Outstanding Athlete of the Year by the Cordoba Swimming Federation. (Instagram profile, 23 Dec 2021; prensa.cba.gov.ar, 16 Dec 2021; cpdcba.com.ar, 13 Dec 2021)
Other sports
She represented Argentina in swimming at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Oct 2020)
Milestones
She became the first female athlete to represent Argentina at five Olympic Games when she competed at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Jan 2021)

At age 15 years and 262 days, she was the youngest member of the Argentinian team across all sports at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney when she competed in the 800m freestyle heats. (tv10cordoba YouTube.com, 28 Feb 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2019; 2000 Olympic Games results book, 01 Jan 2001)
Famous relatives
Her sister Romina has represented Argentina in triathlon. She competed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games. Her brother Claudio has also served as her open water swimming coach. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Jan 2022; canalshowsport.com.ar, 06 Jan 2022; tycsports.com, 21 May 2020)
Other information
MOTHERHOOD
She says she has found combining swimming and motherhood difficult at times, but that her son Joaquin has served as extra motivation to continue competing. "In 2013 I had Joaco and after having him I asked myself if I could continue being an athlete, because I didn't want to put aside his upbringing, I wanted to always be present. It was hard to get back to performing at a high level and nowadays it's hard to travel, it's not easy. Joaquin is six [speaking in 2019], he understands me, he knows what I do and that helps a lot. Now he is older, he understands what mum is doing and gives me encouragement to continue, he motivates me." (tycsports.com, 30 Sep 2019, 21 May 2020)

SWITCH TO OPEN WATER SWIMMING
She competed in the pool at three consecutive editions of the Olympic Games between 2000 and 2008, before deciding to take up open water swimming due to motivational issues. She began training with her brother Claudio following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing with a view to focusing on open water swimming, and competed in both the pool and open water at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. "In Beijing [2008 Games] it was quite difficult. I arrived at a time of stagnation and with a lack of motivation. I could not find the way to continue growing. Open water swimming was a little complicated in the beginning due to the sibling relationship. But we both grew up and I began competing in open water. It was not a good experience at first because I had not thought about taking it up, but then I got hooked and began competing up until 2011 when I started having good results. I qualified in 10km [open water] for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and later I made the qualifying standard for the 800m freestyle [pool] with a national record. The nice thing about open water swimming is that many things happen during a race." (tycsports.com, 21 May 2020)

OLYMPIC FAMILY
The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were a family affair for her, as she travelled to Japan with her brother Claudio as her coach, as well as her sister Romina, who represented Argentina in triathlon. "Romi was able to qualify before [me] and I was missing, so I had a little bit of pressure! But we finally made it happen. It's a dream come true, the three of us will be in Tokyo, it's incredible. And also this time I'm going to the Games being a mother, that has even more value.” (argentina.gob.ar, 23 Jun 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
16 2012 London, ENG 800m Freestyle 8:33.97
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:19.85
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:50.18
22 2004 Athens, GRE 400m Freestyle 4:16.42 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 1500m Freestyle  DNS
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:44.01
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Freestyle 4:10.16
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Freestyle 2:01.35
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 400m Freestyle 4:16.71
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Freestyle 2:04.24
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Freestyle 59.52
14 2005 Montreal, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:14.48 
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 1500m Freestyle 17:01.73
19 2005 Montreal, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:48.85 
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 200m Freestyle 2:02.69
20 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:54.00
23 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 1500m Freestyle 17:16.07
34 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:25.47
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
17 2010 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:38.06
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:09.29
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:59.47
22 2006 Shanghai, CHN 200m Freestyle 2:00.35
17 2006 Shanghai, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:11.00
14 2006 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:37.63
17 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 200m Freestyle 2:03.12
12 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 400m Freestyle 4:13.89
10 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 800m Freestyle 8:41.70
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 400m Freestyle 4:15.41
6 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:51.90
7 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 2:04.10
6 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:16.57
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
26 2010   Overall  
2 2010 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:30.21
2 2010 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:08.33
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
21 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:02:23.6
13 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 56:43.4
17 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:58:55.7
13 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 57:27.8
10 2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km 5:29:58.7
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:12.0
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial 1:01:34.2
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Paris, FRA 10km  DNF
  2020   10km  
31 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:59:23.3
21 2019   10km  
13 2019 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:58:56.4
7 2019 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:41:30.00
27 2017   10km  
22 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:54:07.7
9 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:12:34.48
9 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:07:35
12 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:32.40
2 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:03:39
5 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:48:07.00
3 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:03:09.54
3 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:43.94
2 2014 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:29.08
12 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:23:33.53
7 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:02:23
1 2011 Santos, BRA 10km 2:12:33.39
9 2010 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:58:52