best results were always those in the medley
events (200 and 400
meters), a race which is made up of the 4 swim
strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breast and freestyle, and
which is considered the extreme expression of swimming,
requiring coordination, elasticity, and fluidity along with
rhythm and dynanism.
1979 I arrived second at the Mediterranean Games in the
400 meter medley,
just before my Italian "paesano" Maurizio Divano, with whom
- in the years to come - I would often compete in healthy
and friendly antagonism.
following year, in 1980, I participated
in the Olympic Games in Moscow, which were boycotted
by many Western countries. My brother Raffaele came in fifth
in 100 meters freestyle.
by year international success continued;
in 1981 I won the only medal for the Italian Team (2nd in
200 meter medley, and third in 400 meter medley) at the
European Games held in Split, Croazia.
1982 in Guayaquil, the
most important port city of Equador, I
won the bronze medal in the 200 meter medley (with a time
of 2'04"65) at the World Championships, behind the Soviet,
Sydorenko, and the American, Barnett.
1983 was the year that gave me the most satisfaction.
That was the year of the European
Championships hosted in Rome within the incomparable
beauty of the Italian Forum, in which I
won 2 gold medals. My races were as always the
medleys, 200 and 400 meters, and
in each of the distances I established new European recods:
2'02"48 and 4'20"41
respectfully. A bronze medal in
the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay topped off the Roman success.
1983 I also won the gold medal in 400 meter medley at the
Mediterranean Games held in Casablanca,
Marocco, just in front of my eternal friendly-rival Divano.
1984, I participated in the Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.
There unfortuantely the results (7th in the 400 meter medley)
were much lower than those expected.
my competitive success, I believe
that I can say that I have a record which is still unbeaten:
41 individual Italian titles won in 9 different disciplines
witin in a span of 11 years: 50 - 100 - 200 - 400 meters
freestyle, 100 and 200 meters backstroke, 100 butterfly,
in addition to (obviously) 200 and 400 meter medleys.
last significant note: the time
I established in Rome in 1983 in the 200 meters medley was
maintained as an absolute Italian record until the summer
of 1999, when it was beaten by an athlete by
the name of … Massimiliano
Rosolino, and we saw what he was capable of at the Olympic
Games in Sydney in 2000!
this is the story of… other times.