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Simone RUFFINI
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born07 Dec 1989 in Tolentino, ITA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Raffaela
Occupation
Police Athlete
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Urbino: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in Tolentino, Italy.
Why this sport?
His mother forced him to go swimming when he was a child, even though he did not like it.
Club / Team
CS Esercito/CC Aniene: Italy
Name of coach
Emanuele Sacchi [national], ITA
Training Regime
He swims up to 23 kilometres a day in a pool in multiple sessions of two to two and a half hours each.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Italian moto GP rider Valentino Rossi, Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini. (fina.org, 27 Jan 2017; rio2016.coni.it, 01 Jul 2016)
Injuries
In August 2020 he underwent surgery to remove his tonsils. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 11 Oct 2020; Instagram profile, 08 Aug 2020)

His 2019 season was interrupted by a bout of glandular fever [mononucleosis], which prevented him from training until April 2019. (repubblica.it, 19 Jul 2019)
Other information
ILLNESS
He suffered from nausea while competing at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. He vomited twice during the opening lap of the 25km race, but he still went on to win the gold medal. "Already at the second feeding station I told my coach I wasn't feeling well. I felt nauseous and I vomited twice. Once I calmed down, I just tried to continue in a nice routine and do one lap at a time." (theguardian.com, 01 Aug 2015)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km 4:51:14.9
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:02:53.1
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:52:07.7
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 4:53:10.7
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:50:09.1
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 4:47:42.7
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:29.0
9 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 56:47.3
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Budakalász, HUN 25km 4:36:18.1
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 25km 4:58:04.3
15 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:49:53.5
7 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:55:25.4
9 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 55:56.8
1 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km - Team Time Trial 55:59.3
15 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:50:12.8
11 2012 Piombino, ITA 10km 1:58:00.0
4 2012 Piombino, ITA 25km 5:04:24.6
14 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:53:35.7
3 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 5 km 59:15.9
2 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 5km - Team Time Trial 59:55.6
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
27 2021   10km  
16 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:23.4
  2020   10km  
12 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:06.5
88 2019   10km  
16 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:39.2
2 2018   10km  
13 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:36.5
10 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:56:20.40
1 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:49:41.90
3 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:42.7
6 2018 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:56:38.80
8 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:42.00
1 2017   10km  
10 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:46:02.1
7 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:21.7
1 2017 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:56:11.1
4 2017 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 1:58:25.27
6 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:31:57.1
5 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:30:00.33
2 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:57:32.30
3 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:47:47.00
1 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:25.04
2 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:45
3 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:41:46.35
3 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:13.00
1 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:10.28
2 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:56:45
17 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:53:34.5
6 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:37.4
3 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:56:40.40
14 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:11:53.69