Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

World champion sprinter Antonio Pettigrew found dead in his car

Former 400 metres world champion Antonio Pettigrew has been found dead in the United States.

Pettigrew (42) was a member of the American 4x400m relay team who were stripped of their gold medals in the 2000 Olympics after he admitted doping.

He had been working at the University of North Carolina (UNC) for four years. UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said: “He was found in his car early this morning, not far from campus. I got a call around 4am and was told he had been found dead.

We are deeply saddened.” Pettigrew won the world title in Tokyo in 1991 and joined Calvin Harrison, Michael Johnson and Alvin Harrison to win gold in the relay in Sydney in 2000.

However, the International Olympic Committee stripped the team of their medals in 2008 after Pettigrew admitted doping during the trial of former coach Trevor Graham.

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