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Fabio SCOZZOLI
Sport Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born03 Aug 1988 in Lugo di Romagna, ITA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Martina Carraro
Residence
Imola, ITA
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
He was influenced by his older sister, who was also a swimmer.
Club / Team
CS Esercito [ITA] / Imolanuoto [ITA]:
Name of coach
Cesare Casella [Imolanuoto], ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
The Italian Stallion (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 07 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Going to the cinema, socialising with friends, watching Formula One, reading. (nuoto.com, 28 Mar 2020; Facebook page, 24 Nov 2018; esquire.com, 15 Jun 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 50m breaststroke at the 2010 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jun 2021; nuoto.com, 28 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Italian footballer Filippo Inzaghi. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 07 Dec 2010)
Injuries
He could not compete at the 2021 World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after contracting COVID-19 in November 2021. Earlier in the year he had missed the chance of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because he was in quarantine. (ilrestodelcarlino.it, 03 Dec 2021)

He missed the 2021 Italian Spring National Championships due to a recurring elbow injury that first troubled him in 2017. (swimswam.com, 01 Apr 2021)

He sustained a minor shoulder injury while competing at the 2018 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy. (oasport.it, 02 Aug 2018)

In September 2013 he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his right knee after landing awkwardly while jumping during training. He underwent surgery and returned to competition in April 2014. (fina.org, 10 Nov 2020; swimswam.com, 17 Oct 2014; ilrestodelcarlino.it, 06 Sep 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Success does not last forever and failure is not fatal. Enjoy the journey." (Instagram profile, 01 May 2021)
Milestones
He became the first swimmer representing Italy to win individual gold at the world short course championships by claiming the 100m breaststroke title at the 2012 edition of the tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jun 2021; federnuoto.it, 19 Jun 2019)
Famous relatives
His partner Martina Carraro has represented Italy in swimming and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also won bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea and in the 100m breaststroke and women's 4x100m medley relay at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jun 2021; Instagram profile, 19 Aug 2020)
Other information
PERSISTENT INJURY
He has struggled with a recurring elbow injury since 2017. "The situation worsened at the [2019] World Championships in Gwangju [Republic of Korea]. I felt really bad there. In September 2019 I was in really bad shape. Maybe I was badly advised, but I wanted to fix it quickly so I had an injection that made me feel good right away. I trained at full capacity and things were going well, but the effect wore off after six months. In May 2020 I had another injection and then I had one more in October. I tried to treat the symptoms to postpone a deeper intervention as much as possible." (corsia4.it, 23 Mar 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
7 2012 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 59.97 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 59.22
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Breaststroke  DSQ
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:43.27
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:00.08
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 26.91
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 59.70
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 27.60
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:34.06
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Breaststroke 27.17
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Breaststroke 59.42
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Breaststroke 26.04
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 56.48
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.54
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.08
17 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley 53.57 
7 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Breaststroke 26.18 
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Breaststroke 57.04
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  DSQ
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley  DNS
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 57.74
5 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 26.15
3 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.90
6 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:32.68
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 57.10
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 27.21
2 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 57.13
8 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke  DSQ
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Rome, ITA 50m Breaststroke  
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 26.79
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 59.61
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.85
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 50m Breaststroke 27.77
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 1:01.14
8 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:00.55
2 2012 Debrecen, HUN 50m Breaststroke 27.49
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.80
1 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 27.38
3 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:00.41
5 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:36.61
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 56.34
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 25.79
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 56.55
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 25.84
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:32.51
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 25.62
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 56.15
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.91
8 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.43
7 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Breaststroke 26.46
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Breaststroke 57.14
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.71
1 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.33
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Breaststroke 26.18
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Breaststroke 57.25
8 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Medley Relay DSQ
17 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Breaststroke 2:09.75
3 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Breaststroke 57.30
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Breaststroke 26.25
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.18
12 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:10.24
1 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 57.78
3 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 26.68
2 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.83
  2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Individual Medley  DNS
33 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:10.95
4 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 57.01
4 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 26.41
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
52 2017   Overall  
4 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 56.81
2 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 25.77
6 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.51
6 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.24
28 2014   Overall  
4 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 57.70
2 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 26.54
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 26.37
4 2014 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley 53.26
2 2014 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 57.40
24 2013   Overall  
2 2013 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 25.72
1 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 56.58
2 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 25.88
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 56.49
1 2012 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 26.31
5 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Individual Medley 53.14
1 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 57.61
2 2012 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.64
1 2012 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 26.51
4 2012 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 53.83
1 2012 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 58.32
3 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 58.55
4 2012 Stockholm, SWE 50m Breaststroke 26.98