Alex Schwazer competing in Barcelona in July 2010 ( JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Alex Schwazer competing in Barcelona in July 2010 ( JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy’s Alex Schwazer competes to take the second place in the men’s 20km walk at the 2010 European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona on July 27, 2010. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)