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Sport Swimming, Water Polo
NOC Italy   
Born29 May 1984 in Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Height1.92 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Sons Lorenzo and Matteo
Recco, ITA
English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Civil Engineering - South Bank TAFE: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age 13 at school, and at age 15 he joined the Albany Creek pool in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
When he first began playing water polo he did not take it very seriously. He was playing at school and only for five weeks each year. In his third year of playing, his talent for the sport was noticed by some coaches and he was encouraged to join a club.
Club / Team
Pro Recco: Italy
Name of coach
Sandro Sukno [club], CRO; Alessandro Campagna [national], ITA
International Debut
Competing for
Unicum Cup
General Interest
Piet, Forrest (Australian Water Polo, 01 Mar 2007)
Paddle tennis. (Kinetic Group YouTube Channel, 05 Nov 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2011 and 2019 world championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 May 2021; mfsport.net, 01 May 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] in the final of the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (oasport.it, 27 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives
His father Jose Fiolo represented Brazil in swimming at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. He also once held the 100m breaststroke world record and won gold medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 May 2021; corporate.olympics.com.au, 19 Jul 2011)
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (wpdworld.com, 23 Aug 2021)
Other information
He was born in Brazil but moved with his family to Australia in 1988 at age three. His father went there to compete in the World Masters Swimming Championships and decided to move to Australia permanently. He grew up in Brisbane, QLD, and represented Australia at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008. After a year in Barcelona, Spain, in 2004 he relocated to Italy, the country of his great-grandparents. He took up Italian citizenship in 2009 and has since represented Italy in international competition. "I was convinced that I needed to represent Italy after the Beijing Games. I loved the team. I could feel the energy and synergy of the players even if I had not played with them. It was the country where I felt I could crown my aspirations." (mfsport.net, 01 May 2020; FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 14 Aug 2011; NOC, 13 Jul 2008)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
2 2012 London, ENG Team  
8 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
9 2004 Athens, GRE Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
6 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
10 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
10 2005 Montreal, CAN Team  
7 2003 Barcelona, ESP Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
6 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
2 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team