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Valerio CLERI
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born19 Jun 1981 in Palestrina, ITA
Height1.77 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Coach
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 25km at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (azzurridigloria.com, 19 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't fence me in." (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 20 Feb 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2010 he was named Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA], the European Swimming League [LEN] and Swimming World Magazine. (FINA, 07 Jan 2011; len.eu, 01 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He represented Italy in swimming at the 2003 World Cup event in Stockholm, Sweden. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Oct 2017)
Milestones
He became the first Italian male open water swimmer to win gold in the 25km at the world championships when he triumphed in the event at the 2009 edition in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Oct 2017; valeriocleri.com, 01 Jun 2012)

 Competition Highlights
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2002/2003 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 3:47.94
3 2002/2003 Stockholm, SWE 1500m Freestyle 15:18.88
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:30.5
21 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 4:55:16.5
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:54:41.2
  2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km  DNF
4 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 1:52:11.4
1 2009 Rome, ITA 25km 5:26:31.6
15 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 10km 1:56:08.18
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2014 Berlin, GER 25km 5:12:53.5
6 2012 Piombino, ITA 25km 5:06:10.6
2 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:54:24.8
1 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 25km 5:16:38.3
7 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 10km 1:52:59.1
1 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 25km 4:29:00.0
12 2006 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:58:49.1
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:53:28.0
5 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:52:37.20
7 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:11:47.69
3 2009 Santos, BRA 10km 2:05:54.38
1 2008   10km  
4 2008 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:52:31.05
3 2008 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:48:54.88
1 2008 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:46:17.6
1 2008 Santos, BRA 10km 1:58:42.10
1 2008 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:52:46.80
1 2008 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:06:58.05
1 2008 Singapore, SGP 10km 2:09:20.25
3 2007   10km  
1 2007 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:59:31.540
1 2007 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:43:57.30
1 2007 Shantou, CHN 10km 1:43:19.56
1 2007 Vienna, AUT 10km 1:54:03.25