Filippo Magnini rescue. Double world champion in the 100m freestyle, Filippo Magnini rescued an individual drowning Sunday near Cagliari.
Filippo Magnini turned into a hero this Sunday on the beach of Cala Sinzias, near Cagliari. The two-time world champion in the 100m freestyle saved an individual from drowning, after the later had made an inordinate effort to try to catch a swan buoy that had flown away.
Alerted by screams – especially those of the victim’s friends – the 37-year-old Italian swimmer did not hesitate. In the middle of a swimming session, Magnini threw himself into the water to help the individual, keeping him afloat. “He was in big trouble, at one point he got scared, he got stuck and started drowning,” the Italian told Corriere dello Sport.
Filippo Magnini, who then helped the rescuers to bring the victim back to the shore, played the modest. “I just did what I had to do,” he insists. The former Olympic medalist (bronze medalist in Athens in 2004, with the relay 4x200m freestyle) then returned to his vacation, with his companion. The story does not tell what has become of the inflatable swan.