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Arianna Bridi

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Gold-winning Italian team of Dario Verani, Andrea Bianchi, Arianna Bridi, and silver-winning Italian team of Andrea Manzi, Barbara Pozzobon, Giulia Gabrielleschi after the 5 km team pursuit event at the 2015 Mediterranean Beach Games in Pescara, Italy
Arianna Bridi is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association

Arianna Bridi (born 6 November 1995 in Trento, Italy) is a 25-year-old Italian open water swimmer and Chief Army Corporal in the Italian military who is coached by Fabrizio Antonelli since 2015. 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

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

Bridi was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association with the following women and nomination:

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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