Antonio Pettigrew

Antonio Pettigrew

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Antonio Pettigrew
Height 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight 168 lbs (76 kg)
Nationality United States
PR 400m - 44.21 (1999)
Born November 3, 1967 at Macon, GA
Died August 10, 2010 (aged 42) at Apex, NC
College Miami-Dade South JC '90; St. Augustine's '92
Coach Trevor Graham
Club Reebok Running Club

Antonio Pettigrew (1967-2010) was a former American sprint athlete who specialised in the 400 meters. 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. He admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs between 1997 and 2001, and was stripped of his 1999 World Championship and 2000 Olympic relay gold medals.

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.[1] Pettigrew has since admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and testified against Graham at his trial in May 2008.[2] Although IAAF rules currently do not retrospectively alter results more than eight years after the event, Pettigrew has returned the medals he won in that period.[3][4] The 2000 Sydney Olympics 4 x 400 m relay US team was stripped of their medals after Pettigrew admitted that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.[5] He received a two-year athletics ban in 2008, although he had already retired from the track.[3]

At the time of his death, Pettigrew was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[6] Pettigrew was found dead in the backseat of his locked car in Chatham County, North Carolina, on August 10, 2010. The reasons of his death are yet unknown.[7][8]

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.42 Unknown 1994
200 meters 20.38 Durham, North Carolina, United States April 9, 1994
300 meters 32.33 Unknown 1989
400 meters 44.27 Houston, Texas, United States June 17, 1989

*All information from IAAF Profile[9]

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External links


  1. Olympic relay champion Pettigrew was doping: report. AFP (May 3, 2008). Retrieved on 2009-07-11.
  2. Doped-up Pettigrew denied GB gold. BBC Sport May 23, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-07-11.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pettigrew given two-year dope ban. BBC Sport June 3, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-07-11
  4. Sprinter Pettigrew to return gold, accepts ban. AFP June 3, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-07-11.
  5. Pollution, Internet, doping dominate Olympics lead-up. CNN (August 2, 2008). Retrieved on 2009-07-11.
  6. BALCO grand jury is likely targeting Trevor Graham. ESPN (October 25, 2006). Retrieved on 2009-07-11.
  7. Former Olympian Antonio Pettigrew found dead. NBC Sports (August 10, 2010). Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
  8. "Antonio Pettigrew", Washington Post, Auguest 15, 2010, p. C5.
  9. Pettigrew, Antonio biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.