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Valentino GALLO
Sport Water Polo
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born17 Jul 1985 in Siracusa, ITA
Height1.93 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Siracusa, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo in 1995.
Why this sport?
He wanted to play a team sport that took place in the water.
Club / Team
CC Ortigia: Siracusa, ITA
Name of coach
Stefano Piccardo [club], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Wing
Handedness
Left
General Interest
Nicknames
Citrone, Bomber Siracusano (waterpolo24.com, 17 Sep 2013; Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Injuries
In May 2016 he injured a bone in his wrist after he had to jump to avoid being hit by a car. He was out of competition for three weeks. (Facebook profile, 15 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only advice I can give is to be at 100% every day with body and mind." (total-waterpolo.com, 08 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he was enshrined into the Walk of Fame of the city of Syracuse, Italy. (siracusaoggi.it, 19 Jun 2020)

In 2012 he received the Gold Collar of Sporting Merit from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (sicilia.coni.it, 17 Apr 2012)
Other information
BEER MAKER
He runs Beer Zion, a craft beer company based in Cosenza, Italy, with Italian water polo player Amaurys Perez and Perez's brother-in-law Francesco Rende. "Beer is fundamental. My ideal workout consists of up to five hours of training and then beer." (informacibo.it, 18 Feb 2019; ilmattino.it, 07 Aug 2017; Facebook page, 03 May 2016; altarimini.it, 17 Feb 2015; birrazion.com, 26 Mar 2014)

ILLNESS
He missed the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, after contracting measles. (corriere.it, 15 Jul 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
2 2012 London, ENG Team  
9 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
11 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
6 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
2 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
5 2008 Málaga, ESP Team