Italian swimmer Vergani provisionally suspended for cannabis

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 bronze medalist Andrea Vergani of Italy poses on the podium of the 50 meters freestyle men final at the European Swimming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The Italian swimmer who posted the world's best time in the men's 50-meter freestyle this year has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for cannabis. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, FILE)

ROME — The Italian swimmer who posted the world's best time in the men's 50-meter freestyle this year has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for cannabis.

Nado Italia, the country's anti-doping body, says Andrea Vergani failed a test taken April 2 during the national championships in Riccione.

During the same competition, he won the 50 free in 21.53 seconds — two hundredths faster than Vladimir Morozov's time at the Russian championships.

The 21-year-old Vergani also won bronze medals in the 50 free at the European Championships and as part of Italy's 4x50 free relay squad at the short-course worlds — both last year.

Vergani risks a ban of up to six months which could keep him out of the long-course worlds in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.

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