FINA: Glaesner’s 1500 Gold Goes To Paltrinieri

Gregorio Paltrinieri [Gianmattia d'Alberto/LaPresse/arena]

FINA has awarded the world s/c 1500m freestyle title to Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) after the winner Mads Glaesner (DEN) tested positive for a substance found in a cold remedy in a sample taken after he had claimed bronze in the 400m freestyle at the same event; Polish swimmer and Brazilian diver also handed suspensions

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FINA has awarded the world s/c 1500m freestyle title to Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) after the winner Mads Glaesner (DEN) tested positive for a substance found in a cold remedy in a sample taken after he had claimed bronze in the 400m freestyle at the same event; Polish swimmer and Brazilian diver also handed suspensions

Comments

Clive Rushton

“… took the crown cold …” Craig, you are a puny man 🙂

DanishSwimFan

I was surprised when the news first came out that he would be allowed to keep the gold from the 1500, even though he tested negative afterwards it didn’t really make sense.

Unfortunate for Mads but probably the fairest outcome for all concerned.

Craig Lord

bery vusy too 🙂

Craig Lord

Yes. There is provision in the rules to allow one race to be judged differently to another but such things sit uncomfortably. Another salient lesson for all athletes: check, check and check again when about to ingest.

SwimFanFinland

I hope this one goes to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Under the FINA DC rule 10.1:

“Factors to be included in considering whether to Disqualify other results in a Competition might include, for example, the severity of the Competitor’s anti-doping rule violation and whether the Competitor tested negative in the other Events.”

For me the whole happening appear to be minor and as a result of Glaesner’s negligence. Glaesner did not test negative in the 1500m free. FINA’s valuation about the happening is strict. It is important that the similar cases will be dealt with in a similar punitative fashion in future. If there were an intention in using such an ingredient, I would forfeit Glaesner´s medal in 1500 m. As far as it is not evidenced to be the case, losing every medal and reward seem to go too far.

Just my opinion.

SwimFanFinland

Sorry! A correction: “Glaesner did not test POSITIVE in 1500m free”.

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