Stefano Cerioni

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Stefano Cerioni
Stefano Cerioni 2014 European Championships FFS-EQ t210047.jpg
Personal information
Born (1964-01-24) 24 January 1964 (age 51)
Madrid, Spain
Weapon(s) Foil
Hand right-handed
Height 1.91 metres (6.3 ft)
Weight 87 kilograms (192 lb)
Club CS Jesi / GS Fiamme Oro

Stefano Cerioni (born 24 January 1964) is an Italian foil fencer, Olympic team champion in 1984, Olympic champion in 1988 and World team champion in 1985 and 1994. He became a fencing master, then a director of foil first for Italy, then for Russia.


With the junior Italy team in 2007: from L to R, Salvatore Di Naro, Valerio Aspromonte, Cerioni, and Martino Minuto

Cerioni was born in 1964 in Madrid, where his father was working. His parents moved back to Jesi, in Italy, when he was a child. He learned fencing under Ezio Triccoli, a family friend, who also coached Olympic champions Valentina Vezzali and Giovanna Trillini in their formative years.[1] He practiced both sabre and foil, but foil quickly gained his preference.

Cerioni won in 1983 the silver medal in the Junior World Championships in Budapest, then the gold medal in 1984 in Leningrad. He made his Olympic début at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He made his way to the semi-finals, where he met team-mate Mauro Numa. Despite a 6–1 lead in the first period he was defeated 11–9. He fenced Frédéric Pietruszka of France in the small final and prevailed 10–5 to win the bronze medal.

At the World Championships in Barcelona, Cerioni reached the semi-finals, where he was defeated by team-mate Andrea Cipressa. He fenced Germany's Harald Stein for the bronze medal, but was disqualified for unsportsmanlike behaviour.[2] His bad temper got the best of him once again in the 1986 World Championships in Sofia: this time he received a full-year suspension after abusing the referees during his bout against Joachim Wendt.[3] After his return to competition Cerioni won the 1987–88 Fencing World Cup. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul Cerioni defeated three-time World champion Aleksandr Romankov in the semi-finals, then East Germany's Udo Wagner, to earn the gold medal. The team ranked only 7th.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics he was eliminated in the round of 32 and could not defend his title. Italy also failed to earn a medal in the team event. A year later, Cerioni won the gold medal in the 1993 Mediterranean Games and a team silver medal in the 1993 World Championships in Essen, followed by a team gold medal in the 1994 World Championships in Athens.

Cerioni with the Russian team at the 2014 European Fencing Championships

In March 1996 his maestro Ezio Triccoli died. Cerioni took over Club Scherma Jesi while going on with his career, earning a team silver medal at the 1997 World Championships in Cape Town. He retired in 2000 after 16 years in the national team.[4] Cerioni became a fencing master after he ended his athlete career. His most famous pupil is Elisa Di Francisca, whom he trained since she was 8. After the 2004 Summer Olympics he succeeded Andrea Magro as director of foil at the Italian Fencing Federation for the men's team. In 2008 his responsibilities were extended to the women's.[5] Under his direction Italy won gold medals in men's team foil and women's team foil and all three medals in women's foil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, amongst which his own student Di Francesca.[6]

In December 2012 he announced that he would join the Russian Fencing Federation–Italy's main rival–as director of foil for both men and women,[6] taking with him assistant coach Giovanni Bortolaso and physical conditioning trainer Maurizio Zomparelli. In the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Italy took the gold medal in men's team foil and two bronze medals in women's foil. The 2014 European Championships in Strasbourg brought two silver medals and two bronze medals. In the World Championships at home in Kazan, Aleksey Cheremisinov took the title while the women's team earned a silver medal.


  1. ^ "Stefano Cerioni" (in Italian). CS Jesi. 
  2. ^ "Championnats du monde de fleuret à Barcelone : nette domination des Transalpins". L'Impartial (in French). 15 July 1985. p. 9. 
  3. ^ isabelle Nussbaum (29 July 1986). "Championnats du monde d'escrime à Sofia: une finale de premier choix". L'Impartial (in French). p. 10. 
  4. ^ Mila Volkova (10 June 2013). Чериони: от однообразия спортсмены засыпают. (in Russian). 
  5. ^ Fulvio Bianchi (15 December 2012). "Scherma, lascia il ct delle medaglie. Cerioni dice sì alla Russia". La Reppublica (in Italian). 
  6. ^ a b Marisa Poli (20 August 2012). "Cerioni, il c.t. più vincente "Perché io do sicurezza"". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 

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