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Aurora PONSELE
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born04 Apr 1992 in Fano, ITA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six in Pesaro, Italy.
Why this sport?
"I started to swim because I wanted to imitate my older cousins. The idea to start open water swimming came from my coach. At first I was not convinced because I had a little fear of the sea but now I can only thank him for his suggestion."
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her family. (corriereadriatico.it, 08 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini. (corriereadriatico.it, 08 Oct 2017)
Other sports
She has represented Italy in both swimming and open water swimming at the world championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2018)
Other information
MOVE TO PESARO
In November 2019 she decided to move from Rome, Italy, where she had been since age 20, to Pesaro, Italy, so she could swim in a more relaxed environment and be closer to her family. "After eight years in Rome I decided to go home. I came after a particular period. I was physically well, but psychologically I needed to fix some things. In Pesaro I found my peace of mind. I needed to find myself. In Rome I struggled to manage. [On reuniting with her family] I am very attached to them, they are my strength." (swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Aug 2020; ilrestodelcarlino.it, 24 Aug 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 16:09.57
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:33.07
5 2014 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 16:13.20
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:11.21
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 800m Freestyle 8:33.22
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
22 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:59:33.9
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2018 Glasgow, SCO 25km 5:25:02.4
4 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 1:00:11.8
3 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:56:08.5
5 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 56:20.9
4 2012 Piombino, ITA 5 km 1:02:30.1
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:49.41
3 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:48:05.00
  2015 Viedma, ARG 10km  DNF
25 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:07:06.9
12 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:03:03.1