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Federico VANELLI
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born09 Mar 1991 in Lodi, ITA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He prefers open water swimming to pool swimming because of the sense of freedom he gets in the ocean.
Club / Team
GS Fiamme Oro Napoli/CC Aniene: Italy
General Interest
Nicknames
Vanella (zebrinterviste.blogspot.co.uk, 01 Oct 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Instagram profile, 27 Jul 2019; oasport.it, 16 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The important thing is to have fun, always have fun, whatever you do." (Instagram profile, 05 Jul 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2020 he announced his retirement from competitive swimming due to a heart condition. He was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in December 2019, three months after an anomaly with his heart was first detected during a routine medical examination ahead of the 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games in Patras, Greece. "I suffer from a dilated cardiomyopathy, which is not worrying for regular people but too risky for athletes. I never had any symptoms, maybe that medical visit in August [2019] saved me from worse trouble in the future." (ilcittadino.it, 06 Apr 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:52:21.0
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:31.0
10 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:50:23.1
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 55:49.4
16 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:42.3
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:55:24.3
2 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 54:54.4
1 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km - Team Time Trial 55:59.3
4 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:50:02.3
5 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 56:20.9
10 2011 Eilat, ISR 5 km 55:32.0
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2017   10km  
7 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:46:00.2
16 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:27.8
2 2017 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:56:13.7
2 2017 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 1:58:21.06
26 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:32:04.4
6 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:30:01.72
1 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:57:02.42
29 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:48:19.80
9 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:44.40
3 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:47
7 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:41:50.76
12 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:17.02
5 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:17.60
  2014 Cancún, MEX 10km  DNS
5 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:52:10.2
12 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:54:20.4
15 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:53:20.70