The Most Famous

SWIMMERS from Italy

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This page contains a list of the greatest Italian Swimmers. The pantheon dataset contains 392 Swimmers, 8 of which were born in Italy. This makes Italy the birth place of the 12th most number of Swimmers behind Sweden and France.

Top 8

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Italian Swimmers of all time. This list of famous Italian Swimmers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Federica Pellegrini (1988 - )

With an HPI of 50.96, Federica Pellegrini is the most famous Italian Swimmer.  Her biography has been translated into 34 different languages on wikipedia.

Federica Pellegrini (Italian pronunciation: [fedeˈriːka pelleˈɡriːni]; born 5 August 1988) is an Italian swimmer. A native of Mirano, in the province of Venice, she holds the women's 200 m freestyle world record (long course), and won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Pellegrini became the first woman ever to break the 4-minute barrier in the 400 m freestyle with a time of 3:59.15.Pellegrini is the only swimmer − male or female − to have won eight medals in a row in the same event (200 meters freestyle) at the World Championships. She is also the first female Olympic champion in the history of Italian swimming and the only Italian swimmer to have set world records in more than one event. At the 2020 Summer Olympics, she became the first female swimmer to qualify for five consecutive Olympic finals in the same specialty (200m freestyle). She is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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2. Massimiliano Rosolino (1978 - )

With an HPI of 45.75, Massimiliano Rosolino is the 2nd most famous Italian Swimmer.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Massimiliano "Massi" Rosolino (born 11 July 1978) is an Italian retired competitive swimmer.

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3. Domenico Fioravanti (1977 - )

With an HPI of 45.23, Domenico Fioravanti is the 3rd most famous Italian Swimmer.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Domenico Fioravanti (born 31 May 1977) is a retired Italian competitive swimmer who won two gold medals in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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4. Luca Marin (1986 - )

With an HPI of 43.68, Luca Marin is the 4th most famous Italian Swimmer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Luca Marin (born 9 April 1986 in Vittoria, Province of Ragusa) is a former Italian medley swimmer. He specialized in the 400 m medley, and won ten medals at European and World Championships in this event. At the 2006 European Short Course Swimming Championships he won a gold medal, beating László Cseh, the world record holder. At the top of his career, he was trained by the Albanian coach Gjon Shyti.

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5. Gregorio Paltrinieri (1994 - )

With an HPI of 43.11, Gregorio Paltrinieri is the 5th most famous Italian Swimmer.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Gregorio Paltrinieri (born 5 September 1994) is an Italian competitive swimmer. He is the Olympic and world long course and short course champion and three-times European long course champion in the 1500 m freestyle event at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 European Aquatics Championships, and two-times European long course champion in the 800 m freestyle event. Paltrinieri is the current 1500 m freestyle (short course) world record holder. He also holds the long course European records in the 800 m and 1500 m freestyle events with times of 7:39.27 and 14:33.10.

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6. Alessia Filippi (1987 - )

With an HPI of 41.06, Alessia Filippi is the 6th most famous Italian Swimmer.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Alessia Filippi (born 23 June 1987 in Rome) is a retired Italian swimmer. Filippi won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

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7. Gabriele Detti (1994 - )

With an HPI of 40.10, Gabriele Detti is the 7th most famous Italian Swimmer.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Gabriele Detti (born 29 August 1994) is an Italian competitive swimmer, who was for a time the world champion of the 800 m freestyle.

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8. Simona Quadarella (1998 - )

With an HPI of 37.27, Simona Quadarella is the 8th most famous Italian Swimmer.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Simona Quadarella (Italian pronunciation: [kwadaˈrɛlla]; born 18 December 1998) is an Italian swimmer. She specializes in long distance freestyle events. At the 2020 Summer Olympics, she won a bronze medal in Women's 800 metre freestyle, and at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, won the gold medal in the 1500 m freestyle, and the silver medal in the 800 m freestyle.

Pantheon has 8 people classified as swimmers born between 1977 and 1998. Of these 8, 8 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living swimmers include Federica Pellegrini, Massimiliano Rosolino, and Domenico Fioravanti. As of October 2020, 1 new swimmers have been added to Pantheon including Simona Quadarella.

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