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Linda CERRUTI
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born07 Oct 1993 in Savona, ITA
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Francesco Giovannacci
Residence
Noli, ITA
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
Italian, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2000.
Why this sport?
"It happened by accident. After learning to swim at the age of six, a synchronised swimming course started. The idea of dancing in the water was a thrill to me."
Club / Team
Rari Nantes Savona [ITA] / GS Marina Militare [ITA]:
Name of coach
Patrizia Giallombardo [national], ITA; Benedetta Parisella, ITA; Anastasia Ermakova
General Interest
Hobbies
Travelling, reading, music, going to the cinema. (tokyo2020.coni.it, 01 Jan 2021; Twitter profile, 15 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (it.eurosport.com, 30 Dec 2019)
Injuries
In 2021 she sprained ligaments in her ankle, causing her to miss that year's European championships in Budapest, Hungary. (oasport.it, 29 Apr 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Synchronised swimming is my life. I cannot stand being out of the water for two days. I would feel disoriented. I almost feel more comfortable in the water than out of it." (ilpubblicista.it, 08 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019 Athlete of the Year by the Savona branch of the National Union of Veterans of Sport in Italy. (unvsliguria.it, 12 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 11 Jun 2021)
Other information
DUET PARTNER
She has been competing in duet events alongside fellow Italian artistic swimmer Costanza Ferro since age six. The pair competed together at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and placed fifth at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. "The most difficult exercise is duet because it is somewhere between the team and individual events. It requires harmony in movement and an extraordinary emotional charge, equal to what is needed for the individual. I have performed with Costanza Ferro practically since I started and today we are more than friends. We are more than sisters. I feel as close to her as if we were Siamese twins, connected to each other by an invisible piece of flesh, muscle or skin, which allows us to listen without speaking to each other. Sometimes she is behind me, says nothing, yet I can feel with certainty what she is thinking. This thing cannot be explained." (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jun 2021; it.eurosport.com, 30 Dec 2019; rarinantes.sv.it, 23 May 2019)

EARLY DAYS
She considered quitting the sport as a teenager but was persuaded to continue by her mother. "Sometimes I thought about leaving. I thought about it but never said it, because saying it would make it true, and I never wanted it to be true. Around the age of 14 all my friends were summoned to the national training camps, but I was not. Never. I trained all those hours, but I didn't go with my friends. I struggled when I had to stay behind at school and I never got called up. I thought to myself, 'Why do I do it then?' The coach always said that I had the potential, but this was not enough. I talked about it with my mum who was very good at supporting me. She said, 'Hold on, you'll see that it will get better. However do not think that if you stay at home I will let you go out whenever you want every afternoon'. She made it sound quite simple and the following year I definitely blossomed." (it.eurosport.com, 30 Dec 2019)

TELEVISION APPEARANCE
In October 2017 she appeared on the Italian television show 'Big Brother' as an instructor alongside her artistic swimming duet partner Costanza Ferro. The pair prepared the show's contestants for an artistic swimming competition. (ivg.it, 13 Oct 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN Duet 183.570
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 182.808
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Technical Routine 88.037
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Free Routine 90.466
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Highlights 91.733 
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 91.000
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Technical Routine 90.174 
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Technical Routine  
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Free Routine Combination 91.466
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Free Routine  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Free Routine 90.600
6 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Technical Routine 88.336
4 2017 Budapest, HUN Free Routine Combination 91.666
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Technical Routine 90.761
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Free Routine 91.700
6 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 89.246
6 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 90.566
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Free Routine 89.200
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Technical Routine 86.256
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 89.733
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 90.967 
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 87.578
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Free Routine 87.590
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Technical Routine 89.200
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 87.800 
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 89.170
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Technical Routine 88.300
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Free Routine 89.950
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO Solo Technical Routine 90.228
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO Solo Free Routine 92.500
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO Duet Technical Routine 89.751
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO Duet Free Routine 92.133
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO Free Routine Combination 92.600
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO Team Technical Routine 90.355
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO Team Free Routine 92.233
3 2016 London, ENG Solo Technical Routine 87.149
3 2016 London, ENG Solo Free Routine 89.433
2 2016 London, ENG Team Free Routine 91.233
3 2016 London, ENG Free Routine Combination 90.933
3 2016 London, ENG Duet Technical Routine 88.356
3 2016 London, ENG Duet Free Routine 91.266
4 2014 Berlin, GER Solo 175.017 
4 2014 Berlin, GER Duet 174.714 
4 2014 Berlin, GER Team 175.996 
5 2012 Eindhoven, NED Solo 87.750
3 2012 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 90.440
6 2010 Budapest, HUN Solo 89.200
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2015 Shaoxing, CHN Total 269.500