Italian oarsman Marco di Constanzo told he was “too short to row”
Marco di Constanzo, a member of the Italian M4-, must be doing something right. He said on Facebook recently:
“When I was a kid, my coach said I was too short for rowing. She said to my mom, “Mrs, Marco should change sports”. With strength and determination, I continued training to fill that void. I wanted to become a rower and nothing in the world would stop my dream. If you love something, you struggle with strength and determination to conquer it! ” Just for the record di Constanzo is 175 cm (5 foot 7 inches).
Di Constanzo and his crew were beaten by the GB four of Moe Sbihi, Matt Rossiter, Matthew Tarrant and Will Satch in the final of the Stewards Cup. The Italians exacted revenge in Sarasota winning silver to GB’s bronze.
Marco di Constanzo of Italy warming up at Henley Royal Regatta
6 things you didn’t know about Marco di Constanzo
1. Born in Naples in 1992, Di Costanzo took up rowing at the age of 10 and represented Italy in the 2009 Junior World Championships. A year later, he took part in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, finishing 10th alongside Bernardo Nannini in the men’s pair.
2. A versatile rower, Di Costanzo has also enjoyed success in the four-man boat, and won a gold medal at the 2015 Rowing World Championships in Aiguebelette (France) as part of Italy’s “Fantastic Four”. The team were awarded the Gold Collar for sporting merit by the Italian Olympic Committee in recognition of their achievement.
3. Di Costanzo only teamed up with Abagnale for the pair in July 2016 – just a month ahead of their Olympic debut in Rio – but the duo gelled quickly, finishing second in their heat before winning their semi-final. They were the youngest pair to line up in the six-team final on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.
4. In the event, defending Olympic champions Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, of New Zealand, cruised to a 69thconsecutive success on the water, leaving the other teams to scrap it out for a place on the podium. South Africa took silver, but Di Costanzo and Abagnale finished strongly to surge away from Great Britain and claim bronze – Italy’s first medal in the event since 1948.
5. In winning an Olympic medal, Di Costanzo was fulfilling a lifelong ambition. “I’m very happy,” he said after the race. “It’s my first Olympic Games. When I was small, I dreamed about this.”
6. When he’s not rowing around the Gulf of Naples or competing at international competitions, Di Costanzo works as a police officer, while he enjoys fishing and riding a motorcycle in his spare time.
Source: The Olympic Games