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Swim champion doubtful for Athens


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MILAN, Italy -- Double Olympic swimming champion Domenico Fioravanti has been temporarily suspended from competition after failing a routine medical test.

The 26-year-old Italian, who won gold in 2000 in both the 100 and 200 meters breaststroke, said tests had revealed a minor heart problem, throwing the defense of his titles at next year's Athens Games into doubt.

"This news has knocked me down, because it was unexpected," said Fioravanti, who failed to win a medal at this year's world championships in Barcelona.

"For years I have been monitored for a minor irregularity in my heartbeat. It is not a serious matter but when you are at a competitive level you need to be at 100 percent.

"We have tests every six months and at the last one there was an anomaly. It knocked me down but I will look to bounce back."


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