PARIS (AFP) - Danish swimmer Mads Glaesner was on Monday banned for three months and stripped of his 2012 world short-course 1,500m title, after failing a drugs test, swimming's governing body Fina said.
The 24-year-old tested positive for the banned stimulant levomethamphetamine in a control conducted during the world short-course championships in Istanbul last December.
As well as his gold medal, he has also been stripped of the 400m bronze he won at the same event.
Fina confirmed that all the swimmer's results obtained since the test (after his bronze medal on Dec 14) were disqualified.
In light of the punishment, Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri now inherits the 1,500m title with the 400m bronze going to New Zealand's Matthew Stanley.
Glaesner has the right to lodge an appeal against the punishment with the Court of Arbitration of Sport within 21 days.
Glaesner's ban started on March 13, the date he was provisionally suspended pending his appearance before Fina's disciplinary hearing last Friday.