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FOCONI Alessio
NOC Italy   
GenderMen
Born 22 Nov 1989 in Rome, ITA
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Italy
Occupation Athlete, Serves in the Air Force
Languages English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age six at the Circolo Scherma Terni club in Italy.
Why this sport? He followed his older brother into the sport. "I fell in love with the sport and the people I met - maybe that's why I lost my head in fencing."
Club / Team Circolo Scherma Terni [ITA] / CS Aeronautica Militare [ITA]:
Name of coach Filippo Romagnoli [personal]
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Watching movies and television series. (sport.sky.it, 24 Jul 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning two gold medals at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (sport.sky.it, 24 Jul 2018)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (ilmessaggero.it, 28 Jun 2017)
Other information PATIENCE PAYS OFF
He was not selected for the Italy fencing team ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, his friend Daniele Garozzo won gold in individual foil in Brazil, which inspired Foconi to refocus on his own career. His results steadily improved over the next two years, and he went on to win gold in both individual foil and team foil at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. "Watching [Garozzo] winning gold made me very happy but at the same time it changed something inside of me, it sparked a crazy desire to join him. I committed myself like a mad. I had been the ugly duckling, suffering many blows. I had watched a lot competitions from the stands because I got eliminated. But all of it was helpful. I recognised the benefits of not quitting. I have always smiled and had the will to never surrender. I am the example of someone who works hard and achieves his goal." (sport.sky.it, 24 Jul 2018)

OTHER ROLES
He coaches young fencers at the Circolo Scherma Terni club in Italy. "If I can be a role model for all the kids that approach fencing or whatever other sport, teaching them that with sacrifice and will they can go far, I will be very honoured." (avvenire.it, 05 Sep 2018)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
World Championships
2018 1 Individual Foil Wuxi, China
2018 1 Team Foil Wuxi, China
2017 1 Team Foil Leipzig, Germany
2017 7 Individual Foil Leipzig, Germany
European Championships
2019 1 Individual Foil Düsseldorf, Germany
2019 3 Team Foil Düsseldorf, Germany
2018 2 Team Foil Novi Sad, Serbia
2017 3 Team Foil Tbilisi, Georgia