Giovanni Franceschi

Giovanni Franceschi (born 25 April 1963 in Milan) is an Italian swimmer who won two five medals in medley disciplines at European Championships of 1981–1983. He also competed in three events at the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympics with the best achievement of eights place in the 400 m medley in 1984.[1] During his career, Franceschi won 41 national titles in various freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and medley events. At the 1983 European Championships, held in Rome, he won both the 200 and 400 medley events, setting a European record in both finals.[2]

Giovanni Franceschi
Personal information
Full nameGiovanni Franceschi
Nickname(s)"Long John"
Born (1963-04-25) 25 April 1963
Milan, Italy
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)


His elder brother, Raffaele Franceschi, is also a retired Olympic swimmer.[1] He encouraged Giovanni to start swimming in a pool, which was located just meters from their home.[2]

Franceschi is currently leading a project, SwimCamp, which aims to improve swimming technique of any participant older than 8 years old.[3]


  1. Giovanni Franceschi Archived 6 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Nuoto + SwimCamp

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