Arianna Bridi (born 6 November 1995 in Trento, Italy) is a 28-year-old Italian open water swimmer and Chief Army Corporal in the Italian military who is coached by Fabrizio Antonelli since 2015. She was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in the Class of 2024.She began swimming at age six at Rari Nantes Trento swimming club in Italy and started open water swimming in 2006.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- On 2 February 2024, she finished eighth at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games 10 km marathon swim.
- She won the 2014 LEN Open Water Cup series.
- she finished 15th in the 2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup professional marathon swim in Cozumel, Mexico.
- she finished 9th in the 5 km open water swim at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea
- she won the 10 km marathon swim at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea
- she won the 5 km solo swim and 5 km team pursuit event at the 1st Mediterranean Beach Games in Pescara, Italy in 2015
- she won the 10 km marathon swim at the 2016 LEN Open Water Cup in Eilat, Israel
- she finished third at the 2016 European Open Water Swimming Championships in the 10 km marathon swim in Hoorn, Netherlands
- she finished fourth at the 2016 European Open Water Championships in the 25 km marathon swim in Hoorn, Netherlands.
- she won the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup professional marathon swim in Lac Mégantic, Canada.
- she finished second in the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Hong Kong.
- she finished third in the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Qiandao Lake, China.
- she won the 2016 La Patagones Viedma, a FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Argentina.
- she finished third in the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- she finished fourth in the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Setubal Bay, Portugal.
- she tied for third in the 10 km race at the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary.
- she finished third in the 25 km marathon swim at the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary.
- she finished third in the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup [[professional marathon swim] in Lac Megantic, Canada.
- On 26 July 2016, she won the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup in Lac St-Jean, Canada.
- she finished third in the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup [[professional marathon swim] in Lac Mégantic, Canada.
- she won the overall title of the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup professional marathon swimming circuit.
- she won the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race on Beau Vallon Beach, Mahé, Seychelles on 20 May 2018.
- On 6 August 2018, she finished 4th in the 5 km LEN European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
- She competed on the 2019 FINA / CNSG Marathon Swim World Series in Seychelles on 12 May 2019.
- On 6 September 2020, she won the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 6 hours 4 minutes 26 seconds to set a woman's and overall course record.
2020 WOWSA Awards
Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli by Arianna Bridi (Italy, vote here)
Even after a disappointing 2019 when she failed to quality for the Tokyo Olympic Games and an unexpected pandemic this year that put a halt to her training, 25-year-old Arianna Bridi continued to train hard and did the frankly unexpected and totally improbable. Not only did she revive her long ongoing rivalry with Ana Marcela Cunha at the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy, but she also beat all the professional men in a 1-2 all-female finish. But what was most remarkable in that professional marathon race was the world record that resulted. After decades of attracting the world’s best male and female swimmers in history including John Kinsella, Claudio Plit, Petar Stoychev, Veljko Rogošić, Paul Asmuth, Alfredo Camarero, Yuri Kudinov, Nasser Elshazly, and Nabil Elshazly, Bridi set an overall course record of 6 hours 4 minutes. For swimming faster than every other professional marathon swimmer – male or female – since 1954, for touching out Ana Marcela Cunha by a 1 second in a close race to the finish, and for setting the bar almost impossibly high on one of the world’s most famed marathon swimming courses, the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli victory and overall record by Arianna Bridi of Italy is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
2016 WOWSA Awards
1. Katherine Batts (Great Britain)
2. Dr. Caroline Block (USA)
4. Arianna Bridi (Italy)
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
6. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
6. Ludmila Maller (Russia)
8. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
9. Aurélie Muller (France)
10. Barbara Pozzobón (Italy)
11. Sarah Thomas (USA)
12. Julia Wittig (Germany)
Arianna Bridi enjoyed a breakout year in 2016 as she won her first career FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup title. Finishing consistently high (1st in the Patagones-Viedma race in Argentina, 4rd in the Abu Dhabi race in UAE, 4th in the Setúbal Bay race in Portugal, 4rd in lac Mégantic race in Canada, 1st in the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada, and 1st in the Hong Kong race), she was a force in every race she swam. She tied for 4rd in the 10 km race and finished 4rd in the 25 km at the FINA World Championships in Hungary. For winning the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup title, for consistently achieving podium positions on the World Cup circuit and the FINA World Championships, for training at a consistently high level to remain among the world’s fastest swimmers, Arianna Bridi is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
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