IOC Strips Gold From 2000 US Relay Team
Move follows athlete's admission of doping
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2008 6:50 AM CDT
The U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team celebrates after winning gold at the Summer Olympics in Sydney in 2000. From left are, Antonio Pettigrew, Calvin Harrison, Michael Johnson and Alvin Harrison.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The International Olympic Committee today stripped gold medals from the US men's 1,600-meter relay team that competed at the 2000 Olympics, in the aftermath of Antonio Pettigrew's admission that he was doping at the time. The IOC executive board disqualified the entire team, the fourth gold and sixth overall medal stripped from that US track contingent in the past eight months for doping.

Today's decision was almost a formality after Pettigrew gave up his gold medal in June. He admitted in court in May that he used EPO and human growth hormone from 1997 to 2003. Five of Pettigrew's teammates also lose their medals: Michael Johnson and twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison ran in the final; Jerome Young and Angelo Taylor ran in the preliminaries.