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Elena DI LIDDO
Sport Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born08 Sep 1993 in Bisceglie, ITA
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Nicola Cuccovillo
Residence
Bisceglie, ITA
Occupation
Police Athlete
Languages
Italian
Higher education
Exercise Science - University of Foggia: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
Her late brother Silvio encouraged her to switch from dancing to swimming.
Club / Team
CC Aniene [ITA] / CS Carabinieri [ITA]:
Name of coach
Raffaele Girardi [personal]
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time at the beach. (Instagram profile, 11 May 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 100m butterfly at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jun 2021; lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it, 05 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She had an accident while riding her scooter in July 2015 that almost prevented her from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (bisceglie24.it, 01 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being resilient pays off." (nuoto.com, 21 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Excellent Athlete, Excellent Student award from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (swimswam.com, 04 May 2018)
Famous relatives
Her partner Nicola Cuccovillo has played water polo for Italian club Rari Nantes Nuoto Salerno in the Serie A1 league. (Facebook profile, 22 Oct 2021; Nicola Cuccovillo Instagram profile, 15 May 2021)
Other information
LOSS OF BROTHER
She was age 16 when her brother Silvio died and says that his loss has helped put her swimming defeats into perspective. "The loss of my brother was something that made me grow up a lot. I didn't lose just a brother. He was also a life partner for me. We did everything together, especially swimming. Since then I have understood truly that you only have one life. It was such a great pain that it made me realise what really matters and what doesn't. That is definitely the strength which has allowed me to carry on. I don't hide that when I lose a race I cry, because I care. But, after that moment, I can turn the page and move on. That's why I got a semicolon tattooed on my wrist. Many people tell me that I am a smiling and positive person and I'm glad. I don't think anyone needs to be sulky and surround themselves with negativity. It won't get you anywhere." (nuoto.com, 21 Nov 2019; bari.repubblica.it, 17 Nov 2010; federnuotopuglia.it, 19 Apr 2010)

FURTHER STUDIES
She graduated with a master's degree in preventive and adapted exercise science from the University of Foggia in Italy in 2020. She previously completed a bachelor's degree in exercise science at the university, with a thesis on sports psychology and mental coaching techniques. "I am absolutely convinced that mental coaching, especially in a sport like swimming where the results are really difficult to achieve, affects 80% of the performance, whether the athlete is physically at their peak or not. Training in a mental tranquility is vital, whether it is in order to face periods of hard training, or a very important competition. The presence of a mental coach in our sport is not yet common and it is a shame because sometimes it could be a great support." (foggiareporter.it, 24 Apr 2020; nuoto.com, 21 Nov 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 57.60
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:39.28
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.68
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.44
Semifinal 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.59
7 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.86
5 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.67
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 57.07
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 26.16
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.50
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:43.27
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 59.78
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.34
Semifinal 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Butterfly 25.54
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Backstroke  DNS
6 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:51.03
7 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.20
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.29
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Butterfly 56.50
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.66
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke  DNS
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.96
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.44
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.08
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:51.38
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 57.45
5 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.47
7 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2022 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 26.91
  2022 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly  
2 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:43.61
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.05
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.23
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:42.30
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.30
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 57.68
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 26.36
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.85
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.00
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 27.09
5 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 58.27
5 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.23
5 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 1:00.08
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 56.61
6 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.43
7 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 26.39
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.02
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.46
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:36.39
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 56.37
6 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 25.37
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke  DNS
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.92
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 57.64
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Backstroke 27.28
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 25.81
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.73
8 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
8 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.43
10 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Butterfly 26.81
21 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Butterfly 59.25
3 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 59.60
  2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly  DNS
5 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
3 2010 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay