Former World Champion Filippo Magnini Part Of Italian Doping Probe

Elite Italian swimmers Filippo Magnini and Michele Santucci are reportedly under investigation by the Italian National Doping Organization (NADO), suspected of ‘using or trying to use banned substances’. The pair is reportedly connected to Dr. Guido Porcellini, a nutritionist who is in the midst of a Pesaro criminal probe, per Yahoo News. 

SwimSwam has reached out to both Magnini and the Italian Swimming Federation (Federazione Italiana Nutoto) for comment. At present, 35-year-old Magnini has included a pinned tweet on his Twitter accounts as follows:

Translated, his remarks read, “I believe the opening of the NADO probe is a due act with respect to the criminal investigation into Porcellini. The criminal investigators have already established I had nothing to do with the case. Let’s be clear about that, thanks”.

Magnini is a two-time World Champion in the 100m freestyle event, winning titles in 2005 and 2007. The Pesaro native was also a member of his nation’s bronze medal-winning 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Santucci earned bronze at the 2015 World Championships as part of Italy’s 4x100m freestyle relay. His most successful international competition to date has been the 2006 World Junior Championships where he won 2 golds and a bronze.

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6 years ago

It’s a bit too late, but they should start with Masimiliano Rosolino.

6 years ago

Just to be clear. He is under investigation because he (or even better his coach) knows a doctor who years ago attempt to buy doping medication.
There is no odd result, no phone call and no actual prove that he ever dope. In italy doping is illegal so even attempt to buy medication is a felony and he was already found not guilty.

6 years ago

Lmao . I got downvotes yesterday for saying the Italians were my favourites. They got style & panache – the lime green Vespas of sports cheatin.

6 years ago

Santucci is most definitely a male athlete, Michele is the Italian version or Michael. You need to correct the article.

6 years ago

sorry yes he did, thought michele was female!

6 years ago

Santucci did not earn bronze in the 4x100m relay in Kazan, that was won by the US, maybe the 4×200?

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6 years ago

He did. By the way, USA didn’t make the finale.

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