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Stefano LUONGO
Sport Water Polo
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born05 Jan 1990 in Chiavari, ITA
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six in Chiavari, Italy.
Why this sport?
"My encounter with water polo was almost obligatory. Both my older brothers played water polo, as did my father and my mother."
Club / Team
AN Brescia: Italy
Name of coach
Alessandro Bovo [club], ITA; Alessandro Campagna [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Stezza (waterpoloitaly.com, 03 Nov 2020)
Hobbies
Gardening, abstract painting. (stezart.com, 19 Aug 2021; waterpoloitaly.com, 03 Nov 2020; waterpolopeople.com, 16 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 May 2021; mfsport.net, 23 May 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Marco Baldineti and Alessandro Campagna. (piazzalevante.it, 08 Aug 2019)
Injuries
He suffered from peritonitis [an abdominal infection] and underwent surgery in 2013. He returned to training in March 2014. (waterpolopeople.com, 04 Oct 2019; piazzalevante.it, 08 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Limits are only limits if you allow them to be." (Twitter profile, 17 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives
His older brother Michele has played water polo at national club level in Italy. (ilmattino.it, 30 Jan 2021)
Other information
COACHING
In 2019 he co-founded the Elite Water Polo Camp in Italy with national teammate Matteo Aicardi. The camp offers children the chance to train with elite water polo players. He has also coached water polo to young players at training camps in Italy and other countries. "I have been doing it for several seasons and I work very well with young people. I try to convey to them what I have been taught and at the same time I learn many things myself." (piazzalevante.it, 08 Aug 2019)

 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 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
6 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
3 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
2 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team