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U.S. 4x400m Relay World Record Canceled by IAAF
    2008-08-12 21:28:56     Xinhua
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decided to cancel the 4x400 meters relay world record set by the United States as one of the team members confessed doping, the athletics said in an e-mail sent to Xinhua on Tuesday.

"Following the recent confession of Antonio Pettigrew, who has admitted to using human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003, the IAAF Council, today decided to cancel the current world record for men's 4x400m,set by a U.S. team including Pettigrew, with immediate effect," IAAF said in the email.

"This means that the world record will now be 2:54.29, set by the U.S.A. team during the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart," it said.

The former record was 2:54.20 set on July 22, 1998 by Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew, Tyree Washington, Michael Johnson.

"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," said IAAF president Lamine Diack.

A final decision about the disqualification of Pettigrew's other results, dating back to January 1, 1997, will be taken by Council at a future meeting.

Following Pettigrew's confession, the U.S. 4x400m relay team was stripped of the gold they won in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week.

Pettigrew, now 41 and retired, admitted in May that he had used performance-enhancing drugs for about six years.

Pettigrew ran the race with Jerome Young, Tyree Washington and Michael Johnson. The team also included twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison. Men's 200 and 400 meters world records holder Johnson already returned his gold.
 
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