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Marco Maria Dolfin



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Wife Samanta, children Mattia and Lorenzo
Turin, ITA
Athlete, Surgeon
Higher education

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learnt to swim as a child, spending his summers at the beach. He began Para swimming in 2012 after recovering from his accident.
Why this sport?
He started playing table tennis during his rehabilitation therapy but naturally wanted to get back into swimming, a sport he had enjoyed since childhood. "The passion for sport, especially at a competitive level, was pre-existing as I had been practising it for some time. Then it was a matter of pursuing the discipline in which I could give my best."
Club / Team
Briantea 84 [ITA] / Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Alessandro Pezzani [club, national], ITA

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Hero / Idol
Italian Para cyclist Alex Zanardi, Italian Para swimmer Federico Morlacchi. (, 30 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He received the 2018 International Fair Play Award for Sport from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (, 13 Jul 2018)
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. ( YouTube channel, 09 Dec 2017)
He had a motorbike accident in 2011, which resulted in paraplegia. (, 25 Feb 2015)
Other information
Before his accident he worked as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Giovanni Bosco Hospital in Turin, Italy. Supported by the use of a custom wheelchair from Germany, he was able to return to work in the operating theatre once again. Later, he began using an exoskeleton that helps him perform surgery while standing. The skeleton, a vertical wheelchair, is moved by a joystick that he controls with his elbow while his hands carry out the operation. "My objective was to return to the surgery room on my feet. I just had to figure out how." (, 30 Dec 2017;, 07 Dec 2017;, 25 Feb 2015;, 19 Dec 2013)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2016-09-10 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final Round 2016-09-11 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2016-09-12 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-13 5