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Gonzalo ECHENIQUE
Sport Water Polo
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born27 Apr 1990 in Rosario, ARG
Height1.94 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Genoa, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six. He took up water polo at age 12 in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina.
Why this sport?
He practised swimming before taking up water polo. He switched because he got bored of swimming and his friends and his brother were playing water polo.
Club / Team
Pro Recco: Italy
Name of coach
Sandro Sukno [club], CRO; Alessandro Campagna [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver, Wing
Handedness
Left
General Interest
Nicknames
Chalo (waterpolista.com, 16 Dec 2014)
Hobbies
Supporting Argentinian football team Newell's Old Boys. (prorecco.it, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Spain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (mfsport.net, 19 June 2020)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (mfsport.net, 19 June 2020)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (ricerca.repubblica.it, 07 Dec 2016)
Injuries
In 2018 an injury prevented him from competing in the European qualification tournament for the 2019 World Super League Final in Belgrade, Serbia. (total-waterpolo.com, 11 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
His brothers Ignacio and Tomas have represented Argentina in water polo. Tomas won gold medals at the 2021 and 2018 South American championships and also competed at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 May 2021; masdeporte.as.com, 01 Apr 2016)
Other information
FROM ARGENTINA TO SPAIN TO ITALY
Born in Argentina, he represented his birth country in water polo at the Pan American Games in 2007 and 2011. He moved to Barcelona, Spain in January 2010, after Spanish water polo player Daniel Ballart helped him secure a move to the CN Montjuic club. He had spells with Spanish clubs Sabadell and Barceloneta before being granted Spanish citizenship in 2015. In 2016 he began representing the Spanish national team, including at that year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017 he moved to Italy to play for Pro Recco. That same year he made the switch to represent Italy after being granted Italian citizenship due to his grandmother originating from Catania, Italy. (elciudadanoweb.com, 13 Jul 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 24 May 2021; ilsecoloxix.it, 04 Oct 2017; oasport.it, 11 Jan 2017; miradorprovincial.com, 16 Jan 2015; waterpolista.com, 16 Dec 2014)

FAMILY LIFE
He is the 10th oldest in a family of 12 siblings. He has eight sisters and three brothers. (miradorprovincial.com, 16 Jan 2015; waterpolista.com, 16 Dec 2014)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
5 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2011 Guadalajara, MEX Team  
6 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team