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Francesco Bocciardo

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Genoa, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Political Science - University of Genoa: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three in Genoa, Italy.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as a form of therapy. "I wanted to increase my physical ability. When I was very young, I didn't like swimming. I was thrown into the water by my parents at age four, because they had talked to my physiotherapist who had said to send me to swim, as it would be the ideal environment for a person with my impairment."
Club / Team
Nuotatori Genovesi [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Luca Puce [Nuotatori Genovesi], ITA; Riccardo Vernole [national], ITA

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, watching TV, movies. (Instagram profile, 15 Feb 2020; Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S6 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Italian Para swimmer Francesco Bettella. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italian Para swimmer Vincenzo Boni. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Injuries
He injured his left shoulder ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He was still able to compete at the Games. (montallegro.it, 14 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to rock music before competing. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 21 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Passion, in my opinion, is the stimulus that drives us to grind out the kilometres in the early mornings, not even knowing for what reason. But passion alone is not enough. It takes dedication, perseverance, and above all sacrifice. I also believe consistency is fundamental. If I had not been consistent, I would never have been able to achieve my goals. I have met many very talented guys who did not have the mentality and who have not been able to withstand the stress that constant training requires." (associazionemicrolab.it, 13 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 and 2021 he received the Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo [Golden Collar for Sporting Merit] from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (gds.it, 20 Dec 2021; Instagram profile, 25 Dec 2019)

In 2019 he received the Talent of the Municipality of Genoa award. (Instagram profile, 25 Sep 2019)

He received the Best Sportsman award at the 2017 Stars in Sports Awards in Liguria, Italy. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 21 Jun 2017)

He was named the 2015 Sportsman of the Year by the Liguria Sports Council. (primocanale.it, 16 Dec 2015)
Impairment
He has spastic distal tetraplegia, which affects the movement in his legs. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; quotidiano.net, 08 Mar 2018; finp.it, 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2012-08-30 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-03 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-06 6
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2015-07-13 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2015-07-18 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 2015-07-18 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2015-07-19 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2015-07-19 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-10 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-13 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-17 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-17 3
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 2 2017-12-02 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-04 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-04 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-07 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-07 6