Filippo Magnini was born on 2 February 1982. Hailing from Pesaro, the swimmer is 187cm tall and weighs 77kg. He is the Italian swimmer with the second-most medals, 54. He spent a long period competing for the Larus club, before joining Aniene. His mentor was Claudio Rossetto, who transformed him from a breast-stoke specialist to a sprinter. Magnini made his breakthrough at the 2004 European Championships in Madrid, winning the 100m freestyle (beating Dutchman Van den Hoogenband) and emerging victorious in two relays (4x100m freestyle and 4x200m). At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he won a bronze medal in the 4x200m relay and came fifth in the 100m freestyle. At the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, he triumphed in the 100m freestyle, recording the second-fastest time in history: 48.12 seconds. He beat that time in Melbourne in 2007 and went on to retire in 2016 with a personal best of 48.04 seconds. Magnini achieved a podium finish at all championships at which he competed. His last appearance at the World Championships, in 2015 in Kazan, saw him win a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle. At his last appearance at the European Championships, in London in 2016, he won three medals for relay events. He had a relationship with fellow swimmer Federica Pellegrini from 2011 to 2017. He won three individual European gold medals (2004, 2006, 2012). Magnini defended his European title in the 100m freestyle short course and won four consecutive times over 200m between 2004 and 2007. Across Olympic, world and European competitions, he won 21 gold medals, 17 silvers and 16 bronzes. He first achieved a podium finish at the Italian Assoluti National Championships in 2002.