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PIZZO Paolo
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born 04 Apr 1983 in Catania, ITA
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Marital status Married
Family Wife Lavinia Bonessio
Residence Guidonia, ITA
Occupation Athlete, Serves in the Air Force
Languages English, Italian
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
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Listening to music, scuba diving, volleyball, tennis. (Facebook page, 04 Jul 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a gold medal in individual epee at the 2011 World Championships in Catania, Italy, and his silver medal in the team epee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Instagram profile, 07 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career His parents. (tiburno.tv, 18 Mar 2015)
Injuries He had an operation on his hand in November 2012. (cattolicanews.it, 03 May 2013)
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)
Other information ILLNESS
At age 13 he had a benign 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.' (lanotiziah24.com, 06 May 2015; ccaniene.com, 07 Jun 2016)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 2 Team Epee Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Quarterfinal Individual Epee London, England
World Championships
2017 1 Individual Epee Leipzig, Germany
2017 Final 5-6 Team Epee Leipzig, Germany
2013 Quarterfinal Team Epee Budapest, Hungary
2011 1 Individual Epee Catania, Italy
2011 5 Team Epee Catania, Italy
European Championships
2017 2 Individual Epee Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 Final 7-8 Team Epee Tbilisi, Georgia
2014 2 Individual Epee Strasbourg, France
2013 5 Team Epee Zagreb, Croatia
2012 5 Individual Epee Legnano, Italy