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DE VIDI Alvise
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age52
Place of BirthSan Biagio di Callalta, ITA
Height1.90 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T51
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1986 at the ASPEA Padova club in Italy.
Why this sport?
He began swimming in 1986, and next to the pool was an athletics track. He saw some friends training, and decided to give it a try. He practised both sports for a while, but eventually stopped swimming in order to focus on athletics as he enjoyed being outdoors.
Club / Team
Fiamme Azzurre: Italy
Senior International Debut
Year
1987
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Stoke Mandeville, ENG
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Italian Paralympic Committee official Ruggero Vilnai. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Hero / Idol
Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up. There are a lot special moments waiting for us. It just takes a little courage to look for them." (gazzetta.it, 13 Nov 2014)
Awards and honours
He brought the Italian flag into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. He delivered it to a group of soldiers who carried out the flag-raising. (nprugby.it, 17 Nov 2011)

In 2004 he received the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. (gazzetta.it, 26 Jul 2013)

The Olmi indoor sports complex in San Biagio di Callalta, Italy, is named after him. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013; comune.sanbiagio.tv.it, 24 Sep 2012)
Other sports
He won a gold medal in swimming [1A 25m butterfly] at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul, and has captained the Italy wheelchair rugby team. (mattinopadova.gelocal.it, 22 Dec 2012; superabile.it, 05 May 2009)
Impairment
He has quadriplegia after fracturing two vertebrae in his neck diving into the sea in 1983. (gazzetta.it, 13 Nov 2014; olimpiadi.blogosfere.it, 03 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 1988 4 x 100m Relay 1A-1C 1:28.72
3 1992 800m TW1 2:50.1
2 1996 1500m T50 5:09.80 
1 1996 400m T50 1:22.16 
1 1996 800m T50 2:46.34 
1 2000 1500m T51 5:13.43
3 2000 200m T51 44.03
2 2000 400m T51 1:26.14
1 2000 800m T51 2:53.74
1 2000 Marathon T51 2:47:34
3 2004 200m T51 40.30 
1 2004 Marathon T51 2:53:38 
2 2012 100m T51 22.60
5 2016 100m T51 22.73
3 2016 400m T51 1:22.38
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 1998 200m T51 45.81
2 1998 400m T51 1:30.64
2 1998 800m T51 3:06.66
2 1998 Marathon T51 3:10:14
7 2002 200m T51 48.22
3 2002 400m T51 1:36.54
1 2002 800m T51 3:11.35
1 2002 Marathon T51 2:38:59
2 2002 1500m T51 5:54.37
3 2013 100m T51 23.78
3 2013 200m T51 43.07
6 2015 100m T51 23.67
4 2015 400m T51 1:30.53
4 2017 400m T51 1:35.54
6 2017 100m T51 24.17
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 1988 25m Butterfly 1A 38.08
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 400m T51 1:37.10
4 2014 100m T51 25.03
4 2016 100m T51 23.94
2 2016 400m T51 1:24.48