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Francesco DI FULVIO
Sport Water Polo
NOC Italy   
Born15 Aug 1993 in Pescara, ITA
Height1.88 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Genoa, ITA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age 14.
Why this sport?
His family was involved in the sport.
Club / Team
Pro Recco: Italy
Name of coach
Sandro Sukno [club], CRO; Alessandro Campagna [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
International Debut
Competing for
Russian Federation
World League
Savona, ITA
General Interest
Frecciazzurra [given to him by television commentator Dario Di Gennaro]. (gazzetta.it, 17 Aug 2015)
Drawing. (ilcentro.it, 20 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 May 2021; ilcentro.it, 01 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (ilcentro.it, 01 Aug 2019; thefreak.it, 15 Dec 2011)
Hero / Idol
Spanish water polo player Manuel Estiarte, Italian motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi. (waterpolopeople.com, 03 Jun 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He likes to play cards before every match. (Facebook page, 01 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is only with hard work that something important can be achieved." (wpdworld.com, 10 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. He was also named the 2019 Swimming World Magazine Male Water Polo Player of the Year and the 2019 European Swimming Federation [LEN] Male Water Polo Player of the Year. (en.eu, 09 Jan 2020; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 05 Jan 2020; pescarasport24.it, 05 Aug 2019; wpworld.com, 02 Aug 2019)

He was named in the Media All-Star team at the world championships in 2015 and 2017. (fina.org, 29 Jul 2017; waterpoloworld.com, 09 Aug 2015)
Famous relatives
His father Franco and his older brothers Andrea and Carlo have competed in water polo at club level in Italy. His father has also coached the sport, while his mother has worked as a swimming coach. (ilcentro.it, 01 Aug 2019; ilcentro.gelocal.it, 27 Jul 2014)
Other information
He would like to end his career playing for his first club, Pescara Pallanuoto in Italy, alongside his brothers Andrea and Carlo. "I would like to play for Pescara in Serie A1 alongside my brothers before my retirement. That would be beautiful." (ilcentro.it, 01 Aug 2019)

 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  
6 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 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