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Giovanni ABAGNALE

Giovanni ABAGNALE

Italy ITA

Athlete

  • Gender
    M
  • Birthdate
    11 Jan 1995
  • Height
    197 cm
  • Weight
    84 kg
  • Place of residence
    Napoli , Italy
  • Started Rowing in
    2010

Recent results

2017 World Rowing Cup III - Lucerne, SUI

Class Race Final Time
M4- ITA FA Final 2 05:54.420
M4- ITA SA/B 1 Semifinal 2 05:59.170
M4- ITA H3 Heat 1 05:55.930

2017 European Rowing Championships - Racice, CZE

Class Race Final Time
M4- ITA FA Final 1 05:54.520
M4- ITA SA/B 1 Semifinal 1 05:51.650
M4- ITA H2 Heat 1 05:59.730

Giovanni ABAGNALE Interview

Youth in Focus - January 2014

Hailing from Italy's southern city of Naples, Giovanni Abagnale took up rowing when he was 14 years old. Abagnale's high school teacher encouraged him to row but before that swimming and basketball was Abagnale's chosen sport. "I chose rowing as a sport because it makes me feel alive," says Abagnale. "When I row I'm fine, I'm in my world." Abagnale does not just feel alive, he wins medals and at all three World Rowing Junior Championships that he has been part of Abagnale has medalled. At the 2011 and 2012 World Rowing Junior Championships Abagnale won gold in the men's eight and then last year he took silver in the men's four.


Abagnale is an Italian rower to watch out for.

My first international race ... was in Turin, Italy in February 2011, a 6km race in the junior men's eight. We represented Italy and we won.

The best thing about racing at the Junior Worlds is ... getting to know people from around the world and other lifestyles and ideas of life.

I am motivated by ... seeing the senior World Champions race. I want to race against them because they are the best, the top. That motivates me the most.

I am studying ... management of tourism businesses in Naples.

A typical day is ... I wake up at 5:30am and I go to training. I finish at 8:30am and I come back home where I have breakfast and then I study. In the afternoon I go to training. In the evening I stay with my friends and when it's possible with my girlfriend.

If I was an animal I would be ... a jaguar because it's fast, powerful and agile.

My dream crew would include ... Agostino Abbagnale.

Before I race I always ... listening to music and stay with my crew and talk with them.

I like being tall because ... it may be useful for rowing.

Photos & Videos

Saturday A-Finals at the 2017 World Rowing U23 Champs
Around the venue at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
On the water at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships - Plovdiv, Bulgaria