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Marco DEL LUNGO
Sport Water Polo
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born01 Mar 1990 in Tarquinia, ITA
Height1.90 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Alessandra, daughter Vittoria [2021]
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
Italian
Higher education
Sports Science - San Raffaele University of Rome: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age nine.
Why this sport?
"My adventure in water polo really started by chance or, rather, from the decision of my grandparents to take me to the pool as they no longer wanted to see me spending afternoons in front of a television. I started with swimming, but it was a mini water polo course, which I took part in when I was nine, that changed my life. From then on I never stopped playing. My role as a child was a defender, but after a few years I found my way between the goal posts."
Club / Team
Pro Recco [ITA] / Centro Sportivo Esercito [ITA]:
Name of coach
Sandro Sukno [Pro Recco], CRO; Alessandro Campagna [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goalkeeper
General Interest
Hobbies
Tennis. (gazzetta.it, 31 Jul 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (gazzetta.it, 31 Jul 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Alessandro Bovo. (mfsport.net, 24 May 2020)
Hero / Idol
Croatian water polo player Goran Volarevic. (liguriasport.com, 18 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I believe 90% of being a strong goalkeeper is in the head. Everyone remembers the goals scored but fewer people remember the saves. The mistake for the goalkeeper is a really bad thing, which deeply affects the psyche. It is necessary to remember the mistakes made in order to be ready when the same situation arises again." (mfsport.net, 24 May 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2016 he was named Athlete of the Year in Civitavecchia, Italy, by the National Union of Sports Veterans. (centumcellae.it, 28 Mar 2017; 0766news.it, 25 Feb 2016)

He was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2012 Italian Cup. (wpdworld.com, 06 Apr 2012)
Other information
ILLNESS BLOW
He missed the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, after he was diagnosed with measles. (giornaledibrescia.it, 15 Jul 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
4 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
6 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2014 Budapest, HUN Team