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Guillermo BERTOLA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Argentina   
GenderMen
Born26 Dec 1989 in Córdoba, ARG
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Córdoba, ARG
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age eight, and began competing in open water races at age 17.
Why this sport?
His family encouraged him to try the sport. "As a kid I competed in long races and then I realised I could keep a regular pace. Sometimes I wonder why I do it if I suffer so much. Because it is not normal, it is not human. But when it comes to touching the plate after six hours of swimming, it's very rewarding."
General Interest
Nicknames
Guille (ellitoral.com, 17 Jan 2010)
Hobbies
Supporting Argentinian football club Atletico Belgrano. (viapais.com.ar, 17 Feb 2020)
Injuries
He was affected by anaemia in the 2019 season. (confedeportes-cba.blogspot.com, 23 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I won't change the pleasure of getting to the finish line after so many hours in the water for anything." (mundod.lavoz.com.ar, 23 Oct 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was presented with the Silver Condor Award from the Cordoba Sports Agency in Argentina. The award recognises the best amateur sportsman of the year in Cordoba, Argentina. (vdxonline.com, 13 Dec 2017)

In 2017 he received the Cradle of Champions award from the Sports Journalists Circle of Cordoba. The award recognises the best swimmer of the year in Cordoba, Argentina. (cpdcba.com.ar, 07 Dec 2017; dxtcarlospaz.com, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
SANCTION
In June 2020 he was given a four-year ban by the International Swimming Federation [FINA] after he was found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation [ADRV]. The sanction started in January 2020 and is due to end in January 2024. All of his results obtained from January 2018 were annulled, and he also forfeited the prize money he had won after this date. (fina.org, 18 Jun 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:13:46.9
22 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:52:35.9
13 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 56:43.4
  2015 Kazan, RUS 25km  DNF
31 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:51:33.6
13 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 57:27.8
10 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:28.4
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 4:47:44.8
15 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 58:12.0
18 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:54:54.9
13 2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km 5:14:29.9
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial 1:01:34.2
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2019   10km  
18 2019 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:51:05.6
4 2019 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:34:51.01
14 2017   10km  
24 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:46:13.1
12 2017 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:57:08.6
13 2017 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 1:58:52.45
22 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:30:30.45
4 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:58:28.45
13 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:56:29
7 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:13.3
10 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:17
28 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:37.04
11 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:56:11.00
7 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 1:55:16.31
7 2014 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:23.07
17 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:57:52.40
  2012 Cancún, MEX 10km  DNF
21 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:12:00.80
11 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:52