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Paola Fantato

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePaola•Fantato
Used namePaola•Fantato
Born13 September 1959 in Zevio, Verona (ITA)
Measurements162 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsArcieri Scaligeri
NOC Italy


At age 8, Paola Fantato was diagnosed with polio, and has been wheelchair-bound since. She picked up archery in her twenties, and quickly became quite successful at archery events for disabled. She won a Paralympic bronze medal in 1988, upgrading that to gold in 1992. She was then invited to join the Italian Olympic team and qualified for the Atlanta Games. While eliminated in the first round, she became the first athlete to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics in the same year, winning a team gold and an individual bronze. Her successes have only increased, adding two golds in Sydney and one in Athens, as well as two world titles to her tally.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Archery ITA Paola Fantato
Individual, Women (Olympic) 54
Team, Women (Olympic) Italy 9

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