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a male swimmer in the water giving a victory fist pump

Antonio Fantin



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Bibione, ITA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming as part of his rehabilitation for is impairment. He then became more and more fond of the sport, and fell in love with it following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I have always had a passion for sport and have always dreamed of competing at high levels, but I have understood over the years that it takes commitment and a lot of sacrifice. [Swimming] allows you to prove who you are to others, even if you do not have your legs or arms. You can give your best and get results."
Club / Team
Aspea Padova [ITA] / Fiamme Oro Nuoto [ITA]:
Name of coach
Francesco Bonanni [Fiamme Oro]

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Sailing. (, 12 Sep 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2017 European Para Youth Games in Italy. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Roberto Vangelista. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always push yourself to the maximum." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other sports
He has played water polo for athletes with an impairment at club level in Italy. (, 22 May 2015)
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (, 22 May 2015)
An illness resulted in lower limb paralysis. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017;, 22 May 2015)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-04 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-04 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-07 3