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Niccolò FIGARI
Sport Water Polo
NOC Italy   
Born24 Jan 1988 in Genoa, ITA
Height1.98 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Son Andrea, daughter Bianca
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried water polo at age six in Recco, Italy.
Why this sport?
"In Recco, more or less all the kids try water polo at least once, and I liked it immediately. I also tried football and basketball but running was not for me."
Club / Team
SC Quinto: Italy
Name of coach
Jonathan Del Galdo [club], ITA; Alessandro Campagna [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2011 and 2019 world championships. (mfsport.net, 06 Jun 2020)
Most influential person in career
Italian water polo player Maurizio Felugo. (mfsport.net, 06 Jun 2020)
He sustained a fractured nose during a match in the Italian national league in November 2017. He underwent surgery and returned to competition in January 2018. (pallanuotopuglia.com, 12 Jan 2018; montallegro.it, 06 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I hate losing, even when I'm playing cards with friends." (mfsport.net, 06 Jun 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Gold Collar of Sporting Merit from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (sicilia.coni.it, 17 Apr 2012)
Famous relatives
His grandfather Mario played water polo for the Pro Recco club in Italy. (cnposillipo.org, 16 Feb 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
11 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team