US Sprinter Giving Back Gold Over Teammate's Doping

Michael Johnson 'betrayed' by Olympic relay-mate Pettigrew's cheating admission
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 1:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – Record-setting US sprinter Michael Johnson will give back one of his Olympic gold medals after Antonio Pettigrew, a teammate in the 1,600-meter relay during the 2000 Sydney Games, admitted to doping. Pettigrew's admission at a trial last month “shocked me like no other drug-related story,” Johnson writes in today’s Daily Telegraph. “I feel cheated, betrayed, and let down.”

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“As difficult as it is, I will be returning it to the International Olympic Committee, because I don’t want it,” Johnson, who still holds world records in the 200 and 400 meters, wrote of the tainted prize. Johnson and Pettigrew fought to keep their medals when teammate Jerome Young tested positive in 1999, though Young ran only in preliminary rounds. (Read more 2000 Sydney Olympics stories.)

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