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a male swimmer in the water giving a victory fist pump

Antonio Fantin

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Bibione, ITA
Occupation
Police Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Law - University of Trieste: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in 2005 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming as part of his rehabilitation at age four. He was later inspired by 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 use of legs or arms. You can give your best and get results."
Club / Team
SS Lazio Nuoto [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national], ITA; Matteo Poli, ITA, from 2018

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Sailing. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S6 400m freestyle at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. (nuoto.com, 27 Jun 2020)
Most influential person in career
His sister, and his mother Sandra. "I owe everything to my mum. She took me to the pool to do rehabilitation, and often waited hours and hours because I didn't want to go into the water." (finp.it, 20 Oct 2019; Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You always have to give your best with what you have, without thinking about what is missing: I think this is the key to living well, regardless of what happens. You have to look at the glass as half-full, without ever getting discouraged, and face everything with a smile and positivity." (finp.it, 20 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he received his third Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo [Golden Collar for Sporting Merit] from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (Facebook page, 20 Dec 2021; Instagram profile, 15 Dec 2019)

In 2021 he was appointed Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. (corriereromagna.it, 14 Dec 2021; ilgazzettino.it, 20 Nov 2021)

In 2021 he was presented with the Premio Albero d'Oro by the Italian Society of Orthopedics and Trauma [SIOT]. (Facebook page, 10 Nov 2021; finp.it, 06 Nov 2021)
Other sports
He has played water polo for athletes with an impairment at club level in Italy. (swimbiz.it, 22 May 2015)
Impairment
He had spinal arteriovenous malformation [AVM] that resulted in lower limb paralysis. "At age three I was standing up, but then one day I woke up with a tingling in my foot, and it all started from there. For me it was a starting point of a new life. I was very young, much of what I know has been told to me by family. After a delicate operation my parents were advised to put me in the water to do physiotherapy. My relationship with the swimming pool started like this." (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)

Results

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 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 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 Heat 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-07 3
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 2
London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2019-09-09 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2019-09-09 1
Mixed 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 2019-09-10 3
Mixed 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2019-09-10 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2019-09-10 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2019-09-10 2
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2019-09-11 2
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 2019-09-11 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 2019-09-12 11
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2019-09-13 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2019-09-13 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 2019-09-14 13
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2019-09-15 1
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2021-08-26 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 2021-08-26 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 2021-08-30 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2021-08-31 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 3 2021-09-01 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 2021-09-01 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 2021-09-02 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2021-09-02 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 2021-09-03 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 2 2021-09-03 6
Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships (Funchal, Portugal)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2022-06-12 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2022-06-13 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2022-06-13 3
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2022-06-13 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2022-06-13 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2022-06-15 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2022-06-16 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2022-06-16 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final 1 2022-06-18 6
Mixed 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2022-06-18 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 2022-06-18 6