FINA Strips Glaesner of World Championship As Well; Paltrinieri Becomes 1500 Champ

FINA has officially announced the punishment for Denmark’s Mads Glaesner, first revealed by the Danish Swimming Federation on Sunday, and as it turns out, his gold medal from the 1500 free at the 2012 Short Course World Championships is not safe.

Glaesner’s bronze in the 400 and gold in the 1500 have both been stripped, even though only his positive test following the 400 free came back positive.

FINA has thus bumped up the rest of the finishers in the final. That means that in the 400, New Zealand’s Matthew Stanley becomes the bronze medalist, and in the 1500  Italy’s Grigorio Paltrinieri becomes the World Champion. That gives Italy a third gold medal for the meet and moves them into the top 5 in the medal standings (leaping Russia).

Pal Joensen from the Faroe Islands, who in Olympic years is a Danish teammate of Glaesner, moves up to silver, and Poland’s Mateusz Sawrymowicz moves up to bronze. That becomes Sawrymowicz’s third overall World Championship medal, all in the 1500, and his first in any course since 2008.

FINA also indicated that Glaesner has the ability now to appeal his decision to the Court for Arbitration for Sport, though it seems from his comments Sunday that no appeal is likely to be coming, saying that he was “glad that finally things have come to an end, and again I can move my full focus back on the swim.”

Glaesner didn’t compete at Denmark’s World Championship Trials, and so even though his suspension will have passed by the time Worlds comes around, he will not be selected for the team.

The full release by FINA is below:

 June 17, 2013 – On December 14, 2012 the swimmer Mads Glaesner (DEN) was tested positive to the substance Levmetamfetamine (Class S.6.b Specified Stimulants) following a doping control test conducted with the occasion of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held in Istanbul (TUR).

The FINA Doping Panel conducted a hearing, in presence of the athlete and his lawyer, on June 14, 2013 and decided the following:

1. In accordance to FINA DC Rule 10.4 to impose on the athlete a period of three months ineligibility, starting on March 19, 2013 (date of his provisional suspension);
2. In accordance to FINA DC Rules 9 and 10.1, to disqualify all results achieved by the swimmer from the date of the test (December 14, 2012). Consequently, the bronze medal won on December 14, 2012 in the men’s 400m free, and the gold medal won on December 16, 2012 in the men’s 1500m free are forfeited.

The new classification of these two events at the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Istanbul 2012, is then established as follows:


400m Free
Gold Medal  Paul Biedermann (GER) 3:39.15
Silver Medal Yun Hao (CHN) 3:39.48
Bronze Medal  Matthew Stanley (NZL) 3:41.01
1500m Free
Gold Medal  Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 14:31.13
Silver Medal Pal Joensen (FAR) 14:36.93
Bronze Medal  Mateusz Sawrymowicz (POL) 14:38.29


In accordance to FINA DC Rule 13, the athlete may file an appeal to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) within 21 days from the date of receipt of the FINA Doping Panel decision.

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9 years ago


9 years ago

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.”

Even Glaesner certainly wants to leave the whole thing behind and get his focus back on swimming, I hope he files an appeal. The decision of forfeiting his medal in 1500m free is based on only subjective valuations so it is very important for every athlete’s legal protection that the Court for Arbitration for Sport set a precedent for future similar cases.

Philip Johnson
9 years ago

The right move by FINA. I don’t think Mads intentionally tried to gain an advantage by this substance, but the punishment is just.

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