Former two-time world 100m freestyle champion Filippo Magnini was handed a four-year ban for doping on Tuesday after being found guilty of using or attempting to use banned products.
Italy's anti-doping agency (Nado) had demanded an eight-year ban for the 2005 and 2007 world champion, who also won Olympic bronze with the 4x200m Italian relay team in Athens (2004).
Yesterday the 36-year-old Italian, whose popularity rose while he was the partner of Italian swimming superstar Federica Pellegrini, was instead handed a four-year ban.
Magnini retired from the sport last December
An investigation into Magnini and fellow swimmer Michele Santucci was opened after criminal proceedings against a rogue nutritionist, Guido Porcellini.
Porcellini was banned for 30 years by the Italian authorities for trafficking doping products and counterfeit medicine.
Filippo Magnini with former partner and champion swimmer Federica Pellegrini in 2015. Photo:CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP
Magnini's name was found among the evidence, which revealed certain products to be destined for the Italian swimmer, although investigators conceded he may not have used or even received them.
“This sentence has had my name on it for a long time, that's why I'm feeling such anger,” said Magnini.
“There's no proof.”
Magnini said he will appeal the four-year ban, a sanction that was also handed to Santucci.