Personal Information

Family Wife Lavinia Bonessio, daughter Elena [2018]

Residence Rome, ITA

Occupation Athlete, Serves in the Air Force

Languages English, Italian

License number 04041983001


World Cup-257
Lisbonne (PORTUGAL), 2009-02-07Montréal (CANADA), 2009-05-29
Heidenheim (GERMANY), 2011-04-29Tallin (ESTONIA), 2012-03-02
Paris (FRANCE), 2012-03-16
Tallin (ESTONIA), 2014-11-14
Paris (FRANCE), 2015-05-01
World Championship2--2
Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-09
Leipzig (GERMANY), 2017-07-19
Zone Championships-2-2
Strasbourg (FRANCE), 2014-06-07
Tbilisi (GEORGIA), 2017-06-13
Grand Prix-134
Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2009-03-06Doha (QATAR), 2010-01-22
Legnano (ITALY), 2010-01-29
Doha (QATAR), 2017-12-08

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age seven.

Why this sport? His father introduced him to the sport. "I used to play volleyball and football. My father took me to the gym one day to show me fencing and I realised that it was the sport for me."

Club / Team CS Aeronautica Militare: Italy

Name of coach Andrea Giommoni [personal]

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Listening to music, scuba diving, volleyball, tennis. (Facebook page, 12 May 2019)

Memorable sporting achievement Claiming gold in individual epee at the 2011 World Championships in Catania, Italy, and winning silver in team epee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Instagram profile, 07 Jul 2017)

Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (sportfair.it, 23 Jul 2017)

Injuries In late 2017 he sustained an injury in his right elbow, which required him to undergo surgery and kept him out of action for seven months. He returned to competition in June 2018 at the Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. (liberta.it, 22 May 2018; Facebook page, 21 Jun 2018; pianetascherma.com, 25 Mar 2018)

He underwent an operation on his hand in November 2012. (cattolicanews.it, 03 May 2013)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He always carries seven weapons for a competition, rather than the more usual number of three or four. (ilsupporter.it, 12 Nov 2018)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Fight for what you believe in and never give up." (tiburno.tv, 18 Mar 2015)

Famous relatives His wife Lavinia Bonessio has represented Italy in modern pentathlon, and won bronze in relay at the 2014 World Championships in Warsaw, Poland. She announced her retirement from the sport in late 2016. (fipm.it, 17 Dec 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jul 2015; pianetascherma.com, 12 Oct 2014)

In May 2019 he announced his decision to leave the Italian national team, putting aside his goal of competing at the Olympic Games. "The Games is serious stuff. If the [Italian] team qualifies, it is fair that those who are committed at 100% may make the team." (pianetascherma.com, 17 May 2019)

He dedicated his victory in individual epee at the 2017 World Championships in Leipzig, Germany, to his late Russian coach Oleg Pouzanov, who passed away at age 74 in 2015. "This gold is for him. He was here with me, the lights turned on by themselves. He was guiding me from above." (iltempo.it, 07 Dec 2015; sportfair.it, 23 Jul 2017)

At age 13 he had a tumour removed from his brain. He has written a book about his experiences titled 'The Winning Thrust: How I Beat Cancer and Realised My Dream'. He also serves as an ambassador for the Italian Association of Cancer Research [AIRC]. "I have been a fortunate guy. I think that the mental aspect has been fundamental. I learnt that I needed to be strong, to never surrender. They seem common sentences, but they are true. I suffer when I remember those days. Now I teach people to never surrender." (lanotiziah24.com, 06 May 2015; ccaniene.com, 07 Jun 2016; corriere.it, 26 Jan 2018)


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