Iris Corniani

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIris•Corniani
Used nameIris•Corniani
Born3 December 1958 in Mantova, Mantova (ITA)
Measurements173 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsNuotatori Milanesi, Sant'Angelo Lodigiano (ITA)
NOC Italy


Iris Corniani was an Italian breaststroke swimmer who began her career with the Canottieri Mincio club in her hometown of Mantova, and then moved at 14 to Nuotatori Milanesi. She made her international début with the national team in August 1975 in Leeds (England) in the European Cup. Corniani won silver at the 1975 Mediterranean Games in the 100 breaststroke and competed at the second edition of the World Championship that year in Cali. In 1976 she swam at the Latin Cup, the European Cup, and the European Cup “B”.

At the Montréal Olympics Corniani was eliminated in the heats in both the 100 breaststroke, although setting a national record of 1:17.21, and in the medley relay. Her final competitive year was 1977, when she appeared at the Latin Cup in Roma, the Six Nations in Rotterdam, and finally in the Jonköping European Championships. Domestically, she won three national titles in the 100 breaststroke (1975-77) and two in the 200 (1975-76). After retiring from competition, Corniani moved to the province of Piacenza, where for many years she taught high school physical education.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) ITA Iris Corniani
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Italy DNS
100 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 24
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Italy 12

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