Italian breaststroker Fabio Scozzoli will undergo minor surgery on his knee after this week’s European Championships conclude, and is still undecided about whether he will race forward to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The 34-year old Scozzoli told SwimSwam Italia editor Giusy Cisale this week in Rome that he is planning to have surgery on one of his knees. He did not disclose the nature of the surgery, but said it was a “little thing.”
While he said that this meet would not be his last competition, he is not certain about whether he will continue racing for Paris.
“If one is willing, age is just a number. I’ve never gone so hard in the morning and I’m experimenting with other things besides swimming. I’ve been a coach and athletic trainer this season.”
Scozzoli married fellow elite swimmer Martina Carraro in May. He says that the two still have to go on their honeymoon, and that this is what he would be primarily thinking about after this week’s racing concludes.
Italy went 1-2-3-4 in the preliminary rounds of the men’s 50 breaststroke. Scozzoli was 3rd in that pecking order in 26.89, a time that ranks him top 10 in the world this year, but because only two swimmers per country are allowed to advance to the semi-finals, he was eliminated from competition there.
- Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 26.71
- Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) – 26.85
- Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) – 26.89 (X – country limit)
- Federico Poggio (ITA) – 27.07 (X – country limit)
“I am at peace with myself because I made the season best. I knew about the rule and I knew I could be the one to get left out, but I’m happy to have done all that I have.”
Scozzoli’s best event is the 50 breaststroke, which is not an Olympic event. In the Olympic 100 meter distance, his best time since 2019 was 1:00.31 from August 2020, which is unlikely to qualify out of a deep Italian breaststroke group in 2024. His personal best of 59.05 was done at the 2019 FINA Champions Series at 31 years old: an age when most swimmers are already past their best times.