< back
Mario SANZULLO
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born05 Jun 1993 in Naples, ITA
Height1.80 m
Weight 75 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Police Officer
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1997, and became involved in open water swimming in 2009.
Why this sport?
He started swimming in the sea for fun and as an alternative to swimming in a pool.
Club / Team
Fiamme Oro [ITA] / CC Napoli [ITA]: Italy
Name of coach
Fabrizio Antonelli [national]; Emanuele Sacchi [personal, national], ITA
Training Regime
He trains in Rome, Italy.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after finishing in ninth place in the 10km race at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (oasport.it, 16 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives
His brother Pasquale has competed in open water swimming at international level, including at the European championships in 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jan 2020; swimbiz.it, 01 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 17 Nov 2019)
Other information
MOVING TO ROME
He moved to Rome, Italy, in 2015. In 2019 he said the time he has spent there gave an important boost to his career. "I made the decision of transferring to Rome to train with the team of Emanuele Sacchi. These have been four difficult years, with big changes and adaptations. I have worked so much and so well that I think this has made a difference." (swim4lifemagazine.it, 17 Jul 2019)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:48:04.7
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 54:32.1
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:31.0
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km 55:22.7
43 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:51:07.7
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:49:47.4
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 5km - Team Relay 52:53.1
6 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 55:22.2
5 2014 Berlin, GER 25km 5:09:02.8
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2020   10km  
14 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:07.5
45 2019   10km  
7 2019 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:26.3
  2019 Doha, QAT 10km  DNS
9 2018   10km  
5 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:04.3
16 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:56:28.70
7 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:49:47.10
19 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:12.0
2 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:22.33
9 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:56:18
11 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:17.01
5 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:56:48