Giovanni Franceschi

Giovanni Franceschi ( born April 25, 1963 in Milan ) is an Italian former swimmer. He won two gold medals in swimming position at the European Championships in 1983.


Swimming career

Franceschi represented Italy with his brother Raffaele Franceschi at the 1980 Summer Olympics, where he retired about 400 meters individual medley already in the flow. In the swimming world championships 1982 in Guayaquil, he won the bronze medal over 200 meters and was fourth on 400 meters individual medley. His greatest success came Franceschi at the European Swimming Championships 1983 in Rome with two gold medals over 200 and 400 meters individual medley, each in a new European record time. At the 1984 Summer Olympics he won his heat over 400 meters individual medley, but was only in the final eighth and last. About 200 meters individual medley, he qualified in second its forward travel for the B-final, where he finished third.

Franceschi swam a total of 22 Italian records, won 41 Italian league titles over 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter freestyle, 100 and 200 meter backstroke, 100 Meter Butterfly and 200 and 400 meters individual medley.

He now heads the Nuoto SwimCamp in Riccione and Lignano Sabbiadoro, where swimming lessons are offered for the improvement of stroke technique.


Note: ER = European record

Italian Championships

39 and 17 individual titles in swim relay as follows:

  • 6 in the 50m Freestyle
  • 1 in the 100m freestyle
  • One in 200m Freestyle
  • 1 in the 400m freestyle
  • 4 in the 100m backstroke
  • One in 200m backstroke
  • 1 in the 100m butterfly
  • 12 in the 200m individual medley
  • 12 in the 400m individual medley
  • 4 in 4 x 100m Freestyle
  • 5 in 4 x 200m Freestyle
  • 8 in the 4 x 100m Medley