A young talent for Italian swimming, Ilaria Bianchi won the Junior World Championships aged 16 in what will always remain her specialty, the 100m butterfly.
Bolognese, born in 1990, Ilaria took part in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where she broke an Italian record in the heats, 58.12, with 7th place overall. After the Chinese Olympics followed 4 years of great change, at the end of which Ilaria joined her current team, Azzura ’91.
At London 2012 Bianchi continued where she left off in Beijing, this time reaching the final and finishing in 5th place overall with a new national record of 57.27.
Her consecration however arrived a few months later, first with a victory at the European Championships in Chartes, then with a gold medal at the World Championships in Istanbul.
In the World Championships in Barcelona, Bianchi arrived in 6th place in the butterfly and, once again, the athlete from Azzura ’91 claimed victory in the 50m, and a gold medal a few days later in the second stage of the World Cup in Berlin.