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Federico GRABICH
Sport Swimming
NOC Argentina   
GenderMen
Born26 Mar 1990 in Casilda, ARG
Height1.93 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rosario, ARG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age 10, and began focusing on the sport at age 15.
Why this sport?
Coach Monica Gherardi was a friend of his mother and encouraged him to take part in a talent identification programme. He initially combined swimming with basketball. "Although I liked basketball the most, I was not that good at it compared to swimming. That's why I chose swimming."
Club / Team
Alumni de Casilda: Argentina
Name of coach
Monica Gherardi [personal], ARG
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Argentina
General Interest
Nicknames
Fede (Federacion Entrerriana de Natacion, 14 Dec 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 200m freestyle at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, and winning bronze in the 100m at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (enganche.com.ar, 01 May 2020)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian swimmer Jose Meolans, Russian swimmer Alexander Popov, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Federacion Entrerriana de Natacion, 14 Dec 2010; enganche.com.ar, 01 May 2020)
Injuries
Injuries to his back and neck prevented him from competing at the 2021 South American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (swimswam.com, 02 Mar 2021)

He was out of training for two weeks after contracting COVID-19 in late 2020. (swimswam.com, 02 Mar 2021)

In 2019 he struggled with an injury to his waist area that affected his preparations for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (enganche.com.ar, 01 May 2020)

In 2017 he fell while in the stands at a Pro Swim Series event in Indianapolis, IN, United States of America. He suffered a left leg injury and required four stitches, but it did not prevent him from competing at the event. (mundod.lavoz.com.ar, 04 Mar 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he was recipient of the Konex Award as Best Swimmer of the Decade [2010-19] in Argentina. (lanuevasenda.com.ar, 15 Mar 2021)

He took part in the Olympic torch relay ahead of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His leg of the relay was in Rosario, Argentina. (elpatagonico.com, 08 Aug 2018)

In 2015 he received the Olimpia de Plata award from the Argentinian Association of Sports Journalists as the best Argentinian swimmer of the year. (radiosudamericana.com, 23 Dec 2015)

He was named Best Athlete of the Year in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, in 2015. (fiestadeldeporte.com.ar, 03 Dec 2018)
Other information
CHASING NUMBERS
He says he becomes fixated on his times and that he has an extensive memory of precise results. "It's my obsession. I like statistics, numbers, probabilities. I am very connected to that, and I spend too much time thinking about it. Today I can remember most of my best training sessions in the last 10 years. My coach Monica has them written down, and whenever she comes to ask me about a race I swam in 2016, I know what my time was. I like numbers but at a certain point they become a burden, because this sport is defined by hundredths of a second." (enganche.com.ar, 01 May 2020)

CONNECTION WITH COACH
His coach Monica Gherardi is a friend of his mother and was at the hospital when he was born. Gherardi has coached him since he took up the sport as a child. After the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he was offered the opportunity to train in Spain under French coach Fred Vergnoux, but after nine months there he decided to return to Argentina. "In Spain, I had better facilities but that doesn't help you to improve if you don't have the support of your family and friends. Besides, Monica cares about my well-being. She knows what to do when I'm burned out, and I can't find that with another coach." (sinmordaza.com, 24 Jan 2016; elgrafico.com.ar, 14 Nov 2015; nataccion.com, 18 Nov 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:47.41
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 22.44
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 48.78
35 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 23.30
41 2012 London, ENG 100m Backstroke 56.56
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:47.89
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.68
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 49.09
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 25.60
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:47.43
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 48.12
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Backstroke 55.03
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Backstroke 25.16
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 49.87
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 23.00
Heats 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Backstroke 55.93
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.13
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:47.23
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 22.10
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 47.97
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:13.53
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:14.91
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 48.20
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Backstroke 1:59.42
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 21.91
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Backstroke 25.50
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 53.83
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Lima, PER 100m Freestyle 49.88
Heats 2019 Lima, PER 200m Freestyle 1:50.83
Final 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
5 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.87
3 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:50.53
3 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.41
Final 2015 Toronto, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:39.17
5 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 100m Backstroke 55.22
8 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 50m Freestyle 22.97
3 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.51
4 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:36.37