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Luca DOTTO
Sport Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born18 Apr 1990 in Camposampiero, ITA
Height1.90 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Greta Zuccarello
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Business Owner, Police Athlete
Languages
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming lessons at age five.
Why this sport?
His mother was a swimming coach, and his parents enrolled him in swimming classes.
Club / Team
Larus Nuoto Roma [ITA] / CS Carabinieri [ITA]:
Name of coach
Alessandro Mencarelli, Mike Maric
General Interest
Nicknames
Kimi (gazzetta.it, 17 Sep 2017)
Hobbies
Playing video games, freediving. (it.sports.yahoo.com, 28 Dec 2021; Twitter profile, 14 May 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (iodonna.it, 13 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (gazzetta.it, 17 Sep 2017; gqitalia.it, 27 Apr 2012)
Injuries
He suffered a foot injury in 2012. (sport.panorama.it, 23 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Greatness begins with small steps." (adnkronos.com, 10 Nov 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (notizie.it, 29 Dec 2021; it.sports.yahoo.com, 28 Dec 2021)
Other information
FREEDIVING
In 2021 he began working with freediving coach Mike Maric to develop his breathing technique, which he says has also helped him overcome stress. "I want to unite the worlds of freediving and swimming and see what results the combination will bring. I'm trying to work on breathing, especially before the race, to store as much oxygen as possible in order to have a much larger air reserve than before. I have loved freediving since I was a child. A few years ago [speaking in December 2021] I met Mike and we immediately developed a friendship. It brought me even closer to the world of freediving, but above all to the world of breathing. This helps me so much to get through any sadness and weakness, because through the breathing techniques I am able to relax. I can clear my mind and am discovering a completely new world that until a few years ago I completely ignored." (it.sports.yahoo.com, 28 Dec 2021)

LOSS OF HIS MOTHER
He admitted that he was devastated following his mother's death in July 2020 from a brain tumour. "She was my biggest inspiration. When I was a kid, she was the one that decided to take me to the pool, as she was a swimming instructor and used to train a team in Cittadella [Italy]. She was my number one fan. I feel empty without her, as something very, very big in my life is missing. Knowing that my mother won't see me compete in competitions like the Olympics is devastating for me. I used to call her after every race, as she was so anxious, so it will be tough. My mum was one of the most important people in my life, and you are never prepared for this situation." (Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 05 Aug 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He runs swimming camps through the Luca Dotto Swim Academy in Italy. "With my academy, I can lend a hand to these kids and share my passion with them. We athletes are seen as invincible. I want the kids to understand that we are nothing more than normal people who have reached an elite level, and all of them have this ability." He has also worked as a fashion model. (rainews.it, 19 Nov 2021; Luca Dotto Swim Academy Instagram profile, 05 Jun 2021; Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 05 Aug 2020; technogym.com, 31 May 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 21.84
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 48.49
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
22 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 49.43
13 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 22.09
7 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.13
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.60
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 22.48
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.39
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 48.91
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 21.92
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.44
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:24.89
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 22.48
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 49.01
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.53
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 48.58
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 22.45
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.62
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 48.24
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.90
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.39
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 46.95 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:44.27
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle 21.39 
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  DSQ
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 47.26
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 21.69
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.22
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:27.05
3 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.56
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:05.79
4 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 46.84
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:07.07
7 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 46.68
8 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 21.37
6 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:06.56
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 22.06
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 48.45
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:24.94
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.90
1 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 48.25
6 2016 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 22.07
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:24.55
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.29
8 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
3 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:08.30
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 22.27
5 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 48.58
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:25.02
3 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.78
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:39.94
5 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.14
8 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 49.05
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 20.78
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 46.11
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.91
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.38
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:23.67
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 47.80
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:44.87
2 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.26
2 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.37
1 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
4 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Freestyle 46.92
3 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.74 
4 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Freestyle 21.30
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Freestyle 46.89
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.82
5 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 21.65
3 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 47.09
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:25.16
25 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 47.78 
3 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:23.64
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 49.53
5 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 47.48
4 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:45.56
5 2013 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 47.62
5 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 47.93
4 2012 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.66
2 2012 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.64
5 2012 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 48.33
7 2012 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 22.25