Figlioli at the 2015 World Championships
29 May 1984 |
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (216 lb)|
Pietro Figlioli (born 29 May 1984) is a Brazilian-born Italian water polo player. He competed for Australia at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and for Italy in 2012 and 2016 and won two medals for Italy. He also won the world title in 2011. In 2012 he received the Gold Collar of Sporting Merit from the Italian Olympic Committee.
Figlioli was born in Brazil, but his family moved to Australia when he was three years old. His father José Fiolo is a former Olympic swimmer. Figlioli is married to Laura and has sons Lorenzo and Matteo.
Figlioli started competing with the North Brisbane Polo Bears at Albany Creek, Queensland in Australia. He was part of Australia's Olympic squad for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. He was also a member of the Australian squad that finished 10th at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne and won the bronze medal at the 2007 FINA Water Polo World League in Berlin. Figlioli is regarded as one of the world's fastest water polo swimmers and shooters.
In May 2009, Figlioli signed a deal with Italian club Pro Recco. The deal included becoming an Italian citizen, to comply with the Italian league's rule changes to restrict extra-European players from two to one player per team. As a result of this, he was able to play for Italy at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, winning a medal on both occasions.
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