Former European champion athlete arrested in connection with doping

Antonio David Jiménez Pentinel, European 3,000 metres steeplechase champion on 2002, has been arrested in Sevilla in connection with the trafficking of doping substances.

The 37-year-old is currently being held in custody after the discovery at his home of syringes, vials of growth hormones, blood ready for transfusion and other substances.

A total of thirteen people have been arrested during an investigation codenamed Operation Jumbo. Being a federated athlete, Pentinel will receive an automatic two-year ban for possession of doping substances, regardless of whether or not they were actually used.

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