Simone Sabbioni

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Personal information
Full nameSimone Sabbioni
NicknameSabster
NationalityItalian
Born (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996
Rimini, Italy
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesBackstroke
Medal record
World Championships (SC)
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Doha 4×50 m mixed medley
European Championships (LC)
Silver medal – second place 2016 London 4 x 100 m mixed medley
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Budapest 4×100 m mixed medley
Bronze medal – third place 2016 London 100 m backstroke
European Championships (SC)
Gold medal – first place 2015 Netanya 4×50 m medley
Gold medal – first place 2015 Netanya 4×50 m mixed medley
Gold medal – first place 2017 Copenhagen 50 m backstroke
Silver medal – second place 2015 Netanya 50 m backstroke
Silver medal – second place 2017 Copenhagen 100 m backstroke
Silver medal – second place 2017 Copenhagen 4×50 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Netanya 200 m backstroke
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Dordrecht 50 m backstroke
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Poznań 100 m backstroke
Youth Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Nanjing 100 m backstroke

Simone Sabbioni (born 3 October 1996) is an Italian competitive swimmer and two-time Olympian who competed at the 2016 Olympics and the 2020 Olympics. He is a former Italian record holder in the short course 50 metre backstroke, 100 metre backstroke, 200 metre backstroke, 4×50 metre medley relay and the long course 100 metre backstroke.

International career

2014–2015

At the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, in Nanjing, China in August 2014, Sabbioni won a gold medal in the 100 metre backstroke along with Evgeny Rylov of Russia as they both swam the exact same time of 54.24 seconds in the final. On 14 April 2015, at the year's Italian Spring National Championships in Riccione, he broke the national record in the long course 100 metre backstroke with his time of 53.49, which lowered the record over two tenths of a seconds from the prior record of 53.77 seconds set in 2009 by Mirco Di Tora.

2015 European Short Course Championships

In early December, at the 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Netanya, Israel, Sabbioni set Italian national records in all three distances of the short course backstroke events, including two records in the 50 metre backstroke of 23.23 seconds in the semifinals and 23.09 seconds in the final, a record of 50.57 seconds in the 100 metre backstroke, and a record of 1:50.75 in the 200 metre backstroke. He also helped set an Italian record at 1:31.71 in the 4×50 metre medley relay. Later in the month, at the 2015 Italian Winter National Championships, he swam a 53.37 in the 100 metre backstroke, setting a new Italian national record in the event.

2016–2017

In April 2016, at the Italian Spring National Championships for the year in Riccione, Sabbioni broke his former national record of 53.37 seconds in the 100 metre backstroke with his new time of 53.34 seconds. The following month, he won a bronze medal at the 2016 European Aquatics Championships in London, England, in the 100 metre backstroke with a time of 54.19 seconds.

2017 Winter National Championships

At the short course 2017 Italian Winter National Championships in early December, Sabbioni lowered his Italian records in the 100 metre backstroke, from a 50.57 to a 49.96, and the 50 metre backstroke, from a 23.09 to a 23.06.

2017 European Short Course Championships
2017 European Championships (SC)
Gold medal – first place 50 m backstroke 23.05 (NR)
Silver medal – second place 100 m backstroke 49.68 (NR)
Silver medal – second place 4x50 m medley relay 1:31.91

Later in December, at the 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sabbioni broke his own national record in the 100 metre backstroke again, lowering the mark to 49.68 seconds and winning the silver medal in the event. For the 50 metre backstroke, Sabbioni lowered his national record of 23.06 from earlier in the month by one hundredth of a second to 23.05 in the final, winning the gold medal in the event and finishing two hundredths of a second ahead of Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia who won the silver medal. Speaking to LEN about the race, Sabbioni said, "Before the race I got really angry. This is the feeling you need to win the 50m. It gives you the power, the strength, the speed. I felt my legs after the turns but anger took over again and it lifted my spirit enough to win this race." In addition to his gold medal and silver medal in individual events, Sabbioni also won a silver medal in the 4×50 meter medley relay, helping the relay finish in a total time of 1:31.91 with his split time of 23.14 seconds for the backstroke leg of the relay.

2018–2019

2018 World Short Course Championships

At the 2018 World Short Course Championships held in Hangzhou, China in December, Sabbioni competed on the finals relay of the 4×50 metre medley relay, helping the relay achieve a time of 1:31.54, set a new Italian record in the event, and place fourth overall.

2019 World Championships

At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea in July 2019, Sabbioni competed in the 50 metre backstroke, 100 metre backstroke, mixed 4×100 metre medley relay, and 4×100 metre medley relay. Sabbioni was one of two swimmers, the other being Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago, to have wedge equipment malfunction during his backstroke start in the 100 metre backstroke, and the only swimmer to have the technology fail a second time after officials assured him nothing would happen, this story was picked up and covered by newspapers The Seattle Times and The Korea Herald. As officials ruled it was equipment failure on the wedge malfunction each time, Sabbioni was allowed to re-race the event until the equipment worked, at which point he swam a 53.85 for his time in the prelims heats and advanced to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Sabbioni finished with a time of 53.71 seconds, tied for 12th overall with Daniel Martin of Romania, and did not advance to the final of the event.

2021

2020 Summer Olympics

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2021, Sabbioni ranked 17th in the 100 metre backstroke with a time of 53.79 and competed in the first ever swimming of the 4×100 metre mixed medley relay event at the Olympic Games, which was the preliminaries of the event on 29 July, where he swam the backstroke leg of the relay and helped qualify for the final ranking fifth overall, where the finals relay went on to place fourth.

2021 European Short Course Championships

Sabbioni was one of a total of 40 swimmers named to the Italian team in October 2021 to compete at the 2021 European Short Course Swimming Championships held in November at the Kazan Aquatics Palace located in Kazan, Russia. He went for depth with his events for the Championships, entering to compete in all available distances in backstroke, the 50 metre backstroke, 100 metre backstroke, and 200 metre backstroke. On the first day of competition, 2 November, he placed third in his prelims heat of the 50 metre backstroke with a time of 23.50 seconds and did not advance to the semifinals. While his time was faster than some of the swimmers who qualified for the semifinals, including Kristóf Milák of Hungary in the same prelims heat, only the fastest two Italian swimmers advanced, which did not include Sabbioni. The same day he was officially withdrawn from the 200 metre backstroke, opting not to race the event. In the prelims heats of the 100-metre backstroke on the third day of competition, Sabbioni swam a 51.98 and did not advance to the semifinals.

2022–2023

In November 2022, Sabbioni was banned by FINA, now World Aquatics, from their competitions for 20 months (starting 23 March 2022 and continuing through the end of the day on 22 November 2023) after representatives from the World Anti-Doping Agency had difficulty ascertaining his whereabouts for testing on three occasions, a case similar to Rūta Meilutytė of Lithuania from 2019.

International championships (50 m)

Meet 50 backstroke 100 backstroke 200 backstroke 4×100 freestyle 4×100 medley 4×100 mixed medley
Junior level
EJC 2013 5th 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 12th
WJC 2013 5th 9th 12th
EJC 2014 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
YOG 2014 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6th 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Senior level
WC 2015 12th 10th 9th 6th
EC 2016 13th 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) DSQ 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
OG 2016 28th 11th
MG 2018 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) DSQ
EC 2018 9th 5th
WC 2019 14th 12th 13th 6th
EC 2020 7th 15th 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
OG 2020 17th 4th
a Sabbioni swam only in the preliminaries.

International championships (25 m)

Meet 50 backstroke 100 backstroke 200 backstroke 4×50 medley 4×100 medley 4×50 mixed medley
WC 2014 20th 18th 20th 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
EC 2015 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5th 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)
EC 2017 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 18th 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 8th
WC 2018 6th 9th 4th 9th 5th
EC 2019 11th 4th 4th
EC 2021 7th (h) 19th
a Sabbioni swam only in the preliminaries.

Personal best times

Short course metres (25 m pool)

Event Time Meet Location Date Notes
50 m backstroke 23.05 2017 European Short Course Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 17 December 2017 Former NR
100 m backstroke 49.68 2017 European Short Course Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 15 December 2017 NR
200 m backstroke 1:50.75 2015 European Short Course Championships Netanya, Israel 2 December 2015 Former NR

Legend: NR – Italian record

National records

Long course metres (50 m pool)

No. Event Time Meet Location Date Age Status Ref
1 100 m backstroke 53.49 2015 Italian Spring National Championships Riccione, Emilia-Romagna 14 April 2015 18 Former
2 100 m backstroke (2) 53.37 2015 Italian Winter National Championships Italy 18 December 2015 19 Former
3 100 m backstroke (3) 53.34 2016 Italian Spring National Championships Riccione, Emilia-Romagna 19 April 2016 19 Former

Short course metres (25 m pool)

No. Event Time Meet Location Date Age Status Ref
1 200 m backstroke 1:50.75 2015 European Short Course Championships Netanya, Israel 2 December 2015 19 Former
2 100 m backstroke 50.57 2015 European Short Course Championships Netanya, Israel 4 December 2015 19 Former
3 50 m backstroke 23.23 sf 2015 European Short Course Championships Netanya, Israel 6 December 2015 19 Former
4 50 m backstroke (2) 23.09 2015 European Short Course Championships Netanya, Israel 6 December 2015 19 Former
5 4x50 m medley relay 1:31.71 2015 European Short Course Championships Netanya, Israel 6 December 2015 19 Former
6 100 m backstroke (2) 49.96 h 2017 National Championships Riccione, Emilia-Romagna 1 December 2017 21 Former
7 50 m backstroke (3) 23.06 2017 National Championships Riccione, Emilia-Romagna 1 December 2017 21 Former
8 100 m backstroke (3) 49.68 2017 European Short Course Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 15 December 2017 23 Former
9 50 m backstroke (4) 23.05 2017 European Short Course Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 17 December 2017 23 Former
10 4x50 m medley relay (2) 1:31.54 2018 World Short Course Championships Hangzhou, China 15 December 2018 24 Former

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