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Alice FRANCO
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderWomen
Born10 Feb 1989 in Asti, ITA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Brunico, ITA
Occupation
Armed Forces
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age six.
Why this sport?
Her mother used to take her to a swimming pool when she was a child.
International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Italy
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the 25km event at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. "I competed as a reserve and I wanted to make an excellent result for my teammate [Giorgia Consiglio] who had not been able to participate. That medal was the result of so much hard training." (corsia4.it, 06 Apr 2020; sport.sky.it, 23 Jul 2011)
Injuries
In January 2013 she was affected by a fever at an event in Santos, Brazil. (sportasti.it, 30 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named Sportsperson of the Year in Asti, Italy, in 2005, 2008 and 2012. (lavocediasti.it, 09 May 2019)
Other sports
She represented Italy in swimming at the 2005 European Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Nov 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In March 2020 she announced her retirement from competitive swimming. She transferred from the Army Sports Centre [CS Esercito] in Viareggio to the Alpine Military Corps in Brunico, Italy, to focus on her career in the armed forces. "The choice to retire was born from the feeling of satisfaction I felt towards open water swimming, or rather I was still happy to train, pursue the objectives set and obtain results, but it was not with 100% satisfaction. I recently started working in Brunico. Who knows, maybe in a few years I will consider the idea of passing on my passion to young swimmers." (lavocediasti.it, 10 Apr 2020; corsia4.it, 06 Apr 2020; lastampa.it, 29 Mar 2020; atnews.it, 31 Jan 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 5:19:50.5
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 5:07:22.9
14 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 1:00:50.7
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km 5:29:30.8
31 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:02:22.1
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2014 Berlin, GER 25km 5:20:23.0
4 2012 Piombino, ITA 10km 2:12:26.3
1 2012 Piombino, ITA 25km 5:31:21.9
6 2011 Eilat, ISR 5 km 58:08.9
1 2011 Eilat, ISR 25km 5:26:23.6
6 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 5 km 1:03:20.8
8 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:01:25.3
3 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 10km 2:00:32.2
3 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 5 km 59:39.0
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
31 2019   10km  
45 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 2:10:01.6
7 2019 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:07:01.50
12 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:08:09.9
9 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:12:45
8 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:03:01.2
9 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:10:11.40
9 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:22:37.97
3 2010 Santos, BRA 10km 2:16:51.83
6 2009 Santos, BRA 10km 2:10:03.21
5 2008   10km  
6 2008 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:02:16.13
4 2008 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:56:33.06
4 2008 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:52:24.9
4 2008 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:06:10
4 2008 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:11:05.00
12 2007   10km