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400m relay world record amended

Antonio Pettigrew, Tyree Washington, Michael Johnson and Jerome Young celebrate their record
The US quartet broke the record at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York

The men's 4x400m world record set in the 1998 Goodwill Games by the American relay team including Antonio Pettigrew has been wiped from records.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) altered the time to one set in 1993 after Pettigrew admitted to doping offences.

Pettigrew, Jerome Young, Tyree Washington and Michael Johnson set the world best ten years ago in New York.

The new record was also set by the US team at the World Championships.

The time of two minutes 54.20 seconds set in 1998 has been changed to 2:54.29 secs, ran by a team which also included former Olympic champion Johnson.

He, alongside Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts and Butch Reynolds won gold in Stuttgart, Germany.

IAAF President Lamine Diack said: "The IAAF will continue to fight doping with total determination.

"Whether it is by educational measures, improved testing methods or tougher rules and sanctions, the IAAF is sending a clear message that we will not tolerate doping in athletics."

Diack also said other records dating back even to the 1970s could be cancelled if the athlete confessed on oath to doping at that time.

A final decision about the disqualification of Pettigrew's other results dating back to January 1997 will be taken by the IAAF council at a future meeting.

Earlier this year Pettigrew told a US court he had taken banned substances.

Pettigrew admitted using the prohibited blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) and human growth hormone (HGH) from around January 1997 until 2003.

He made the confession during the trial of former athletics coach Trevor Graham in San Francisco.

The International Olympic Committee has already stripped the US of their Sydney 2000 Olympics relay gold medal following Pettigrew's confession.


see also
US stripped of Sydney relay gold
02 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Pettigrew given two-year dope ban
03 Jun 08 |  Athletics
Richardson 'suspected' Pettigrew
23 May 08 |  Athletics
Johnson will return Olympic gold
03 Jun 08 |  Athletics
Graham found guilty in Balco case
29 May 08 |  Athletics
Doped-up Pettigrew denied GB gold
23 May 08 |  Athletics
Drugs athlete Jones goes to jail
07 Mar 08 |  Americas
Gatlin appeals against doping ban
22 Jan 08 |  Athletics
US athletics toughens drug stance
07 Dec 06 |  Athletics
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