Lorenzo Zazzeri

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LORENZO ZAZZERI 

Lorenzo Zazzeri was born in Florence, Italy, on March 8, 1994. He is primarily a sprint freestyle specialist.

Lorenzo made his first national junior team at the 2012 European Junior Championships. He finished 9th in the men’s 50m free and 5th in the men’s 400 freestyle relay.

At 19 years old, he swam the 3rd fastest time in “cadetti” category in men’s 50m free (SCM) with a time of 22.00. 

In 2016 he swam under 49 seconds (48.96)for the first time in the men’s 100m free, winning silver at the Italian National LC Championship. 

At the 2017 World University Games, held in Taipei, he won his first international gold medal in men’s 400m freestyle relay, swimming the opening leg in 48.89.

2017 European SC Championships (Copenhagen)

Zazzeri won a silver medal in the men’s 200m freestyle relay and a bronze medal in the mixed 200m freestyle relay. 

He also swam the semifinal of the men’s 100m freestyle, missing the final by 0.02 s.

2018 World Short Course Championships (Hangzhou)

  • Won bronze in the 200 freestyle relay and fourth in the 400 freestyle relay
  • Finished 14th in the 100 freestyle (46.98)

2018 European Championships (Glasgow)

  • Won silver as part of the 400 freestyle relay and finished fourth in the 400 freestyle mixed relay
  • Individually was 18th in the 50 free and 100 free.

2020 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (LCM) Budapest

The 2020 European Championships were postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Lorenzo Zazzeri won a bronze medal as part of the 400m freestyle relay 

2021 SETTECOLLI TROPHY

During the 2021 Settecolli trophy in Rome, Lorenzo Zazzeri qualified for his first Olympics, swimming a time of 48.54 in the men’s 100 meter freestyle.

TOKYO OLYMPICS

At the Tokyo Olympic games, Zazzeri won a historic silver medal for Italy in the men’s 400m freestyle relay. 

Italy ITA, MIRESSI Alessandro, CECCON Thomas, ZAZZERI Lorenzo, FRIGO Manuel, Silver Medal
4x100m Freestyle Relay Men Final
Swimming, Nuoto
Tokyo2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
21726
Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Zazzeri had the fastest split on Italy’s silver medal-winning 400 free relay. He clocked 47.31 while swimming third as the team lowered the National Record in 3:10.11 to win the country’s first medal in the event in Olympic history.

He was joined on the relay by Alessandro Miressi (47.72), Thomas Ceccon (47.45) and Manuel Frigo (47.63), as the Italians finished second to the Americans (3:08.97).

Zazzeri also split 47.29 on the prelim relay that had broken the Italian Record the night prior.

He was also an individual finalist in the men’s 50 free, placing seventh in a time of 21.78. The last Olympic final contested by an Italian in this specialty was 21 years earlier thanks to Lorenzo Vismara at the Sydney Olympic Games. 

2021 SC EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

At the 2021 Short Course European Championship, which took place in Kazan, Russia, Zazzeri set the new world record as a part of the men’s 200m medley relay. 

The Italian team of  Michele Lamberti, Nicolo Martinenghi, Marco Orsi and Lorenzo Zazzeri scorched the time of 1:30.14 to win gold and broke the previous WR of 1:30.44 that Russia put on the books at the 2017 edition in Copenhagen.

ITALY, MARTINENGHI Nicolo’ ITA, ORSI Marco ITA, ZAZZERI Lorenzo ITA, LAMBERTI Michele ITA, Gold Medal – World Record, 4x50m Medley Men
Kazan – Russia 03/11/2021 Aquatics Palace
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships
Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

In Kazan, Zazzeri also won:

  • silver, as a part of men’s 200m freestyle relay;
  • silver-medal in men0s 50m freestyle (20.84)
  • silver, in mixed 200m freestyle relay

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 SC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The last effort of an intense 2021 came for Lorenzo Zazzeri with the participation in the FINA World Short Course Championships, which took place in Abu Dhabi in December.

 There, Zazzeri took gold with the men’s 4×50-meter freestyle relay, swimming a second leg in 20.42. 

Zazzeri also set the new national record in the men’s 400m freestyle relay with a time of 3:03.61 en route to the silver medal along with Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Leonardo Deplano.

LORENZO ZAZZERI BEHIND THE LANE LINES

 Zazzeri, a student at the University of Motor Sciences, combinees the commitments of study and training of swimming with his greatest passion: painting.

Zazzeri is a self-taught artist. About his passion he said:

Painting for me is the best way to express my emotions and have people enjoy them. It is also a way to disconnect from the stressful life of swimming and competitions.

Painting, like swimming, is a challenge to myself and my abilities. Reproducing a detail in the best possible way or seeing how far my creativity can go is something that excites me. We can say that I like challenges and my life is a bit of a challenge to myself.

 

 

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 200 Freestyle Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2021 Olympic Games
Gold 200 Freestyle Relay 2021 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2021 Short Course World Championships
Bronze 200 Medley Relay 2021 Short Course World Championships
Bronze 400 Freestyle Relay 2021 European Championships
Gold 200 Medley Relay 2021 Short Course European Championships
Silver 50 Free 2021 Short Course European Championships
Silver 200 Freestyle Relay 2021 Short Course European Championships
Silver 200 Mixed Free Relay 2021 Short Course European Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Free 21.75 07/31/21 Olympic Games
Tokyo
scm 50 Free 20.84 11/04/21 SC European Championship
Kazan, Russia
lcm 100 Free 48.54 06/26/21 Settecolli Trophy
Rome, Italy
scm 100 Free 46.19 11/07/21 SC European Championship
Kazan, Russia
ZAZZERI Lorenzo ITA Italy 100m Freestyle Men Heats Kazan - Russia 06/11/2021 Aquatics Palace LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships Photo Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto Silver Medal ZAZZERI Lorenzo ITA Italy 50m Freestyle Men Podium Kazan - Russia 04/11/2021 Aquatics Palace LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships Photo Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto ZAZZERI Lorenzo ITA 50m Freestyle Men Semifinal Swimming, Nuoto Tokyo2020 Olympic Games Tokyo Aquatics Centre 21731 Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto ITALY, MARTINENGHI Nicolo' ITA, ORSI Marco ITA, ZAZZERI Lorenzo ITA, LAMBERTI Michele ITA, Gold Medal - World Record, 4x50m Medley Men Kazan - Russia 03/11/2021 Aquatics Palace LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto ZAZZERI Lorenzo ITA 50m Freestyle Men Heats Swimming, Nuoto Tokyo2020 Olympic Games Tokyo Aquatics Centre 21730 Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto ZAZZERI Lorenzo ITA 100 Freestyle Men Swimming Budapest - Hungary 18/5/2021 Duna Arena XXXV LEN European Aquatic Championships Photo Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto Italy ITA, MIRESSI Alessandro, CECCON Thomas, ZAZZERI Lorenzo, FRIGO Manuel, Silver Medal 4x100m Freestyle Relay Men Final Swimming, Nuoto Tokyo2020 Olympic Games Tokyo Aquatics Centre 21726 Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto