Marcus Mattioli To Be Inducted Into International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame

Photo Courtesy: Marcus Mattioli

Marcus Mattioli will be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018 during the IMSHOF Induction ceremonies in Jacksonville, Florida, Friday evening, September 28, 2018, to be held in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports convention.

Mattioli is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer, who participated in the 1980 (Moscow) Summer Olympic Games for his native country Brazil. There, he won the bronze medal in the men’s 4√ó200-metre freestyle relay event, alongside Jorge Fernandes, Cyro Delgado, and Djan Madruga, with a time of 7:29.30. He also swam the 100-metre butterfly, 200-metre butterfly and 200-metre freestyle, unfortunately, not making the final. Mattioli also belongs to a select group of a very few Brazilian swimmers (just 13) that are Olympic medalists.

Mattioli never really retired from swimming and moved right into Masters swimming after ending his Olympic career in 1988, immediately receiving rankings in the Top 10 Masters category.

He competed at the 1988 Brisbane FINA Masters World Swimming Championships, where he won and set six new individual Masters world records. After Brisbane he quit swimming for 18 years and did not return to Masters until 2006 to swim in the XI Fina Master Championship where he won two individuals gold medals, two individual silver medals and set two new Masters world records.

Since his return, Mattioli has been on the Top Ten list every year, for a total 15 times. He has set 14 long course and six short course FINA Masters World Records in the freestyle, butterfly and I.M. events. In world rankings since 1988, he has a total of 56- number 1, 27- number 2 and 13- number 3 total world rankings in the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and I.M. He has competed in seven FINA World Championships since 1988, winning 29 gold and four silver medals.

Mattioli will be inducted as part of a group of nine (9) outstanding individuals will be inducted at the IMSHOF’s annual ceremony. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in conjunction with the 2018 United States Aquatic Sports XXXVIX Convention.

The prestigious IMSHOF class of 2018 includes four swimmers, two divers, one synchronized swimmer, one water polo player and one contributor, from five (5) different countries: the USA, Austria, Germany, Brazil and Japan:








In addition to honoring the IMSHOF Honorees, ISHOF will be recognizing Swimming World Magazine’s Top Ten Masters Swimmers from 2017.

Swimming World Magazine‚Äės Top Twelve Masters Swimmers for 2017¬†are:

Men ‚ÄstRick Colella (USA),¬†Sergey Geybel (RUS),¬†Nicolas Granger (FRA),¬†Karl Hauter (GER),¬†Willard Lamb (USA), and¬†Darian Townsend (USA)

Women ‚ÄstNoriko Inada (USA),¬†Maurine Kornfeld (USA),¬†Betty Lorenzi (USA),¬†Karlyn Pipes (USA),¬†Diann Uustal (USA), and¬†Laura Val (USA).

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The purpose of the IMSHOF is to promote a healthy lifestyle, lifelong fitness and participation in adult aquatic programs by recognizing the achievements of individuals who serve as an example for others. To be considered, honorees must have participated in Masters programs through at least four different masters age groups and are qualified by an objective point system based on world records, world top 10 rankings and World Championship performances. The IMSHOF is a division of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, please visit:

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Recognized by FINA, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized governing body for the aquatic sports in 1968, its mission is to preserve the history of swimming, celebrate the heroes, promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all children and adults, and connect older generations of swimmers to youth.

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