Antonio Pettigrew

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Antonio Pettigrew
Personal information
Born (1967-11-03)November 3, 1967
Macon, Georgia
Died August 10, 2010(2010-08-10) (aged 42)
Chatham County, North Carolina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Sport
Country United States USA
Event(s) Athletics
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) see Personal bests

Antonio Pettigrew (November 3, 1967 – August 10, 2010) was an American sprinter who specialized in the 400 meters. He was born in Macon, Georgia.

While attending St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, he was a four-time NCAA Division II champion in the 400 meter race.[1] He came to prominence at the 1991 World Championships, where he won the 400 m gold medal and a silver medal in the 4 x 400 meters relay.

At the Summer Olympics in Sydney 2000, Pettigrew threw his gold medal-winning Adidas spikes into the crowd after winning the 4 x 400m final for the USA.[2]

Doping[edit]

In 2008, prosecution documents related to the trial of coach Trevor Graham listed Pettigrew as one of Graham's athletes to have used performance-enhancing drugs.[3] Pettigrew then admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and testified against Graham at his trial in May 2008.[4] Although IAAF rules currently do not retroactively alter results more than eight years after the event, Pettigrew returned the medals he won in that period.[5][6] The 2000 Sydney Olympics 4 × 400 m relay U.S. team was stripped of their medals after Pettigrew admitted that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.[7] He received a two-year athletics ban in 2008, although he had already retired from the track.[5]

Death[edit]

Pettigrew was found dead in the back seat of his locked car in Chatham County, North Carolina, on August 10, 2010, and evidence of sleeping pills was found by police. On October 13, an autopsy report stated that he had committed suicide by overdosing on a medication containing diphenhydramine.[8][9] Pettigrew was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at the time of his death.[10]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.42 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States March 26, 1994
200 meters 20.38 Durham, North Carolina, United States April 9, 1994
300 meters 32.33 Jerez de la Frontera, Spain September 13, 1989
400 meters 44.27 Houston, Texas, United States June 17, 1989
  • Main information from IAAF Profile.[11]
  • Record information from All-Athletics.com.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For The Record". Sports Illustrated 113 (6). 2010-08-23. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ Melbourne Herald, Sun 10 Oct 2000, p. 71.
  3. ^ "Olympic relay champion Pettigrew was doping: report". AFP. May 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  4. ^ Doped-up Pettigrew denied GB gold. BBC Sport May 23, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.
  5. ^ a b Pettigrew given two-year dope ban. BBC Sport June 3, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.
  6. ^ Sprinter Pettigrew to return gold, accepts ban. AFP June 3, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.
  7. ^ "Pollution, Internet, doping dominate Olympics lead-up". CNN. August 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  8. ^ "''Autopsy Files''" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  9. ^ A.J. Perez %BloggerTitle% (2010-10-13). "Autopsy: Antonio Pettigrew, Ex-Olympian, Committed Suicide". Fanhouse.com. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  10. ^ "BALCO grand jury is likely targeting Trevor Graham". ESPN. October 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  11. ^ "Pettigrew, Antonio biography". IAAF. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  12. ^ "Pettigrew, Antonio profile". All-Athletics. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 

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