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Simone Ruffini

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Medalists Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece (left), Jack Burnell of Great Britain (middle), and Simone Ruffini of Italy (right) after the 2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race held in Balatonfüred, Hungary
Simone Ruffini is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man 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
Simone Ruffini competing in the 2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race held in Balatonfüred, Hungary
Simone Ruffini
Simone Ruffini
Simone Ruffini, World-class marathon swimmer
Simone Ruffini with Italian teammates Rachele Bruni and Federico Vanelli after winning the team time trial at the 2016 European Open Water Swimming Championships in Hoorn, Netherlands
Simon Ruffini, nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, an annual WOWSA Award and a recognition of outstanding men around the globe

Simone Ruffini is a 26-year-old world-class open water swimmer from Italy who will marry Italian national open water swimming teammate Aurora Ponsele. He is a 2016 Olympian.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

FINA World Championships[edit]

International Results[edit]

2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup - Balatonfüred, 3rd
2015 Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim, 1st
2013 Universiade marathon swim, 1st
2013 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 15 km in Cozumel
2011 FINA World Championships, 5 km open water, 9th
2010 European Open Water Championships, 5 km Team Pursuit, 2nd
2010 European Open Water Championships, 5 km open water, 3rd
2010 FINA World Open Water Championships, 5 km open water, 10th
2010 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup, Santos (Brazil), 10 km open water, 15th
2009 FINA World Championships, 5 km open water, 9th

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees[edit]

Ruffini was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia)
2. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
3. John Batchelder (USA)
4. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina)
5. Avram Iancu (Romania)
6. Stéphane Lecat (France)
7. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer (USA)
8. Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
9. Simone Ruffini (Italy)
10. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)
11. Sayed Ihsan Taheri (Afghanistan)
12. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
13. Philip Yorke (Great Britain)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination[edit]

Simone Ruffini is extremely competitive with world-class speed in whatever conditions he finds himself in the open water. Line him up against any swimmers in any conditions in any location and Ruffini will always be a threat to win. He faced a season-long rivalry with Italian teammate Federico Vanelli that was the closest in FINA World Cup history. Separately by seconds at most and swimming shoulder-to-shoulder in 7 races in Argentina, the UAE, Portugal, Canada, China and Hong Kong, Ruffini won the 2017 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit against the fastest open water swimmers in the world. At the 2017 FINA World Championships, he placed 4th in the 25 km, only 6.7 seconds out of gold, and 7th in the 10 km, only 9.2 seconds out of gold. For being consistently competitive, for maintaining his composure under all conditions and in all situations, for continuing to be a personable ambassador of the sport in his native Italy and across the continents of the world, Simone Ruffini is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominee[edit]

Ruffini is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) Channel Swimmer Redux
2. Attila Mányoki (Hungary) Prolific Ocean Swimmer
3. Ben Hooper (Great Britain) Transoceanic Challenger
4. Benoît Lecomte (France/U.S.A.) Transoceanic Adventurer
5. Christof Wandratsch (Germany) Ice Swimming Record Holder
6. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) FINA Grand Prix Champion
7. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines) Pinoy Aquaman
8. James Tout (U.S.A.) Long-overdue Triple Crowner
9. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain) Ocean Advocate
10. Rohans More (India) Oceans Seven Adventurer
11. Rostislav Vítek (Czech Republic) Ice Swimmer Extraordinaire
12. Simone Ruffini (Italy) Olympian & World Champion

2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination[edit]

Simone Ruffini (Italy) Olympian & World Champion
Simone Ruffini made a remarkable triple performance at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Not only did he qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 10 km marathon swim, but he also swam an average pace of 1:10.3 per 100 meters in strategically winning the 25 km world title in 4 hours 53 minutes. But his hard training and competitive spirit in the water was secondary to his boldness and creativity on dryland. He topped off his aquatic exploits with a marriage proposal to fellow world-class swimmer Aurora Ponsele on the awards podium and in front of a global audience. For his heartfelt proposal in front of cameras and eyeballs around the world, for his gold medal victory and Olympic marathon swimming qualification, and for executing upon so many life-changing activities during the 2015 world championships, Simone Ruffini is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results[edit]

1. Ferry Weertman, NED 1:52:59.8
2. Spyridon Gianniotis, GRE 1:52:59.8
3. Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, FRA 1:53:02.0
4. Lijun Zu, CHN 1:53:02.0
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA 1:53:03.2
6. Simone Ruffini, ITA 1:53:03.5
7. Federico Vanelli, ITA 1:53:03.9
8. Yasunari Hirai, JPN 1:53:04.6
9. Christian Reichert, GER 1:53:04.7
10. Chad Ho, RSA 1:53:04.8
11. Evgenii Drattcev, RUS 1:53:04.8
12. Ous Mellouli, TUN 1:53:06.1
13. Mark Papp, HUN 1:53:11.7
14. Ventsislav Aydaski, BUL 1:53:16.1
15. Ivan Enderica Ochoa, ECU 1:53:16.2
16. Richard Weinberger, CAN 1:53:16.4
17. Allan Do Carmo, BRA 1:53:16.4
18. Kane Rae Francis Radford, NZL 1:53:18.7
19. Richard Nagy, SVK 1:53:35.4
20. Jarrod Poort, AUS 1:53:40.7
21. Erwin Maldonado, VEN 1:54:33.6
22. Marwan Ahmed Aly Morsy Elamrawy, EGY 1:59:17.2
DSQ Sean Ryan, USA
DSQ Vitaliy Khudyakov, KAZ (Asia)
DSQ Jack Burnell, GBR

2016 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup in China[edit]

2017 La Patagones Viedma[edit]

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