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 US team including Pettigrew, with immediate effect.
This means that the world record for Men’s 4x400m will now be 2:54.29, set by the USA team during the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart.
Men’s 4x400m World Record
2:54.20 United States 1 Uniondale 22/07/1998
(Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew, Tyree Washington, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 United States 1 Stuttgart 22/08/1993
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
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.”
A final decision about the disqualification of Pettigrew’s other results, dating back to 1 January 1997, will be taken by Council at a future meeting.