60 seconds with… Alberto Simonelli

This week, it’s… Alberto Simonelli, who came second at the Paralympics for a second time. In Rio, the Italian para archer was defeated by USA’s Andre Shelby by a single point in the final.

Simonelli's first silver medal came in Beijing in 2008 – and he was also runner-up at the main qualifier for the Rio Games, the World Archery Para Championships in Germany in 2015.

The 98’ World Champion, Simonelli made a second world championship final 17 years later at Donaueschingen 2015, where he took silver, as well as bronze in the mixed team and compound men’s open team.

1. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

The little soldier.

2. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

The Punisher (USA).

3. What is your biggest strength in archery?

Being able to keep my mind calm, not thinking about anything.

4. Who is your sport model?

Myself? (laughs)

5. If you were to design your own bow, what would you call it?

Rolly (my nickname).

6. How much weight on your stabilisers?

About 4kg in total.

7. Any equipment you change in the wind and/or rain?


8. What did you enjoy most in Rio?

The people.

9. Do you have a special dream?

Have the use of my legs but this will never be possible, so I think of winning gold at the Paralympics.

I wanted it in Rio but it did not happen, so now I will prepare for Tokyo…

10. Will you use fat or thin arrows for indoors?

Aluminium Easton 2315.