Santo Condorelli Switching to Italian Sporting Citizenship, Will Race in Italy Tomorrow

Olympic sprinter Santo Condorelli has officially begun the process of switching to Italian sporting citizenship, his father told SwimSwam on Friday. Though he formerly represented Canada internationally and was a member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team, Condorelli has Italian ancestry on his father Joseph’s side, as that side of the family is from Sicily.

To establish his change of affiliation, Condorelli will need to reside in Italy for 12 months before his first official representation. He’s already had the required year-long break since he last represented Canada since his last time representing them was in Rio.

The official FINA rule:

“GR 2.6 Any competitor or competition official changing his affiliation from one national governing body to another must have resided in the territory of and been under the jurisdiction of the latter for at least twelve months prior to his first representation for the country.”

Condorelli, whose mother is from Ontario, was one place shy of a medal as he placed 4th in the 100 free at the Rio Olympics. He swam his lifetime bests in the 50 free (21.97), 100 free (47.88), and 100 fly (51.83) at that meet. He was also a finalist as a member of Canada’s 400 free relay. In addition to his Olympic appearance, he was also a medalist in the 400 mixed medley relay and a finalist in the 100 free at the 2015 World Championships.

He first declared his intent to represent Canada internationally when he appeared on the psych sheets at the 2015 World Championship Trials.

With the switch to Italy, Condorelli should play a major role on the relays. The Italians already have a very talented squad with sprinters like Luca Dotto, who became the first Italian man ever to break 48 in 2016. Notably, Condorelli’s best time of 47.88 is already faster than Dotto’s Italian Record of 47.96, so this is a big boost for the Italians and makes them a much bigger threat for the relay podium in 2020. Condorelli is now training under Claudio Rossetto, who also coaches national teamers Dotto and Ivano Vendrame.

So far, Italy’s only Olympic relay medal was the 800 free relay bronze in 2004, but that could change with Condorelli on the roster. The Italians have also been more competitive in recent years, earning a bronze in the 200 free relay at the 2015 World Championships.

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tammy touchpad error
3 years ago

WHAT?!?! Had the best NCAA season he’s ever had recently. 47 again this year?

No Medal Mel
3 years ago

What country do you guys think he will represent after 2020? I think that with the rising talent coming up in Hungry, that might be a great fit after!

Taa
Reply to  No Medal Mel
3 years ago

I predict he will try to represent another planet

bear drinks beer
Reply to  No Medal Mel
3 years ago

He was born in Japan. He can represent them and break some Asian records.😉

Coach John
Reply to  bear drinks beer
3 years ago

is sporting citizenship the same as actual citizenship in Japan?

H1H2
Reply to  No Medal Mel
3 years ago

I sense the beginnings of a meme I this comment…

SwimFan 192
Reply to  No Medal Mel
3 years ago

Note to SNC: Are you enjoying this? Who’s your next import for the 2020 Trials?

Dee
3 years ago

Italian 4×100 just got really tasty with the youngsters they’re bringing through.

Maelstrom
Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

Possibly a prospect in the 4×200? Conderelli could move up to the 200, while paltinieri and detti could move down.

Snarky
Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

They will get fourth in Tokyo

Teddy
3 years ago

Hurts for Canada, but our relay outlook is bleak. He would struggle to make a US individual 100 free so this makes sense for relays and individual

Coach John
Reply to  Teddy
3 years ago

when was the last time canada finaled in a male relay at the olympic level? ’08?

Condorelli is not our answer to that problem, the problem is more systemic than that. he made the right move for both countries I think.

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Coach John
3 years ago

The last time was 2016. I have that in the article.

Dudeman
Reply to  Coach John
3 years ago

They had a relay final in 08, 2012 and 2016 so literally the last 3 olympics

ben2
Reply to  Teddy
3 years ago

meh… did we really want him anyways? Putting the middle finger up before a race and training with Russians is not something Canada wants to be affiliated with….

3344
3 years ago

wOOOw…

luigi
3 years ago

True that his 100 free best time is faster than Dotto’s NR, but an individual spot for the WCs and the Olympics is not a given. Young lions are coming up through the ranks. Miressi has already been 48.3 in the 100 free and he is 19. Vergani clocked 21.7 in the 50 and he is 20. And there are others.

Emanuele
Reply to  luigi
3 years ago

Miressi-Dotto-Vendrame (or Orsi)-Condorelli. Potentially this is a 3.10high-3.11low relay right away.

Becky D
3 years ago

Condorelli plans to transfer to IU, then ASU.

Swimming Fan
Reply to  Becky D
3 years ago

and swim under the name of Jack Condorelli…

PowerPlay
3 years ago

Why doesn’t take the money and become citizen of Bahrain. Then he also has a better chance of making Olympic team.

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