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Roberto PAVONI
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
Born22 Mar 1991 in London, ENG
Height1.76 m
Weight 71 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Loughborough, ENG
Coach, Personal Trainer
Higher education
Exercise Science - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to learn how to swim as a life skill, rather than as a sport. He developed quickly and joined Brentwood Swimming Club, first competing at age nine.
International Debut
Competing for
European Championships
Budapest, HUN
General Interest
Pav, Robbie. (loughboroughsport.com, 18 Apr 2016; skysports.com, 06 Mar 2012)
Most influential person in career
Former coach Chris Nesbit. (swimming.org, 15 Apr 2014)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (sportcentre.com, 19 Jul 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't lose hope, for when darkness falls, the stars come out." (British Swimming, 19 Jul 2010)
Other sports
He competed in open water swimming and won the 1.5km and 3km events at the 2016 Great Britain National Masters Open Water Championships in Rother Valley, England. (swimserpentine.co.uk, 23 Jul 2016)
Other information
He retired from competitive swimming in February 2017. (bbc.co.uk, 27 Mar 2017)

He was named head coach of Loughborough Town Swimming Club in England in May 2016. (LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2016)

After being dropped from the British Swimming funding system in 2015 he set up Train2WinUK with other business partners. The business aims to share his expertise across all aspects of swimming to help swimmers of all levels. The business was set up to fund his swimming career after the funding cut. "They don't believe I have potential to win a medal, they do believe all others have the potential to win. It leaves you feeling you have been singled out." (swimvortex.com, 18 Nov 2015)

He spent two-and-a-half years in Brisbane, QLD, Australia, at a special British Swimming boarding school called The Southport Centre, where he was able to further advance his swimming potential. He got a tattoo on his hip to honour his time in Australia. (BBC Essex, April 2008; thisislondon.co.uk, 27 Feb 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2012 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 1:57.55
13 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:15.56
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:58.54
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:13.81
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:15.90
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Butterfly 1:57.60
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Individual Medley 1:59.44
8 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:19.85
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:11.17
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 1:58.36
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly 1:55.67
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:16.77
7 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:05.73
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:58.22
2 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:13.75
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly  DNS
12 2010 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:22.39 
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:00.47
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:04.40
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Individual Medley 4:02.69
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 1:54.21
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Butterfly 1:55.01
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley 54.00
31 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Backstroke 1:59.31
21 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Butterfly 1:56.97
24 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Individual Medley 1:59.79
12 2011 Szczecin, POL 400m Individual Medley 4:12.05
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:08.35
7 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:55.69
4 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:55.87
6 2013 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:11.86
7 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 1:57.01
7 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 1:57.83
7 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 1:58.47
5 2013 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:57.69
6 2013 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:44.95