August 7th, 2016 will forever be remembered by Italian judo and, especially, by Fabio Basile. In Rio, in the Carioca Arena, the young Piedmontese judoka, 21 years old at that time, won the fourth Gold medal in the history of transalpine judo (-66 kg).
Winner in the quarter-finals of Mongolian Davaadorj, two times Asian champion, Fabio Basile then succeed in overcoming the odds-on favorite in the final, the Korean An Baul who was the reigning World champion, scoring an Ippon after only 83 seconds, to become the 200th Italian Olympic champion !
This masterstroke wasn’t Fabio Basile’s first shot. In 2010, he ranked 2nd in the U17 European championships and 3rd at the U20 Worlds. Then, in 2013, he finished 3rd at the Mediterranean Games (-60 kg).
Fabio Basile, who then climbed to the 66 kg weight division, will win his first major international title by becoming U23 European champion in 2015 (outclassed, he had finished 3rd in 2012). In 2016, in his rise to the Rio Olympic Games, he won the Casablanca Open, reached the Tbilisi Grand-Prix final and, above all, won the bronze medal at the Senior European championships.
After his Olympic Gold medal, Fabio Basile has become a star in Italy. He participated in the transalpine version of « Dance with the stars » in 2017, in which he ranked 2nd. He missed the European championships in the spring but came back at the Worlds in August. In Budapest, he found again the Korean in his way but, this time, An Baul took his revenge from Rio by narrowly beating the Italian in the 16th finals. But their story is far from being over…