Antonio Pettigrew
Personal information
Born(1967-11-03)November 3, 1967
Macon, Georgia
DiedAugust 10, 2010(2010-08-10) (aged 42)
Chatham County, North Carolina
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
CountryUnited States United States
Achievements and titles
Personal bestsee Personal bests
Medal record
Men’s Athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Disqualified 2000 Sydney 4x400 m relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Tokyo 400 m
Silver medal – second place 1991 Tokyo 4x400 m relay
Disqualified 1997 Athens 4x400 m relay
Disqualified 1999 Seville 4x400 m relay
Disqualified 2001 Edmonton 4x400 m relay

Antonio Pettigrew (November 3, 1967 – August 10, 2010) was an American sprinter who specialized in the 400 meters.

Early life and career

Pettigrew was born in Macon, Georgia.

While attending St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Pettigrew was a four-time NCAA Division II champion in the 400 meter race.[1] He came to prominence at the 1991 World Championships, where he won the 400 m gold medal and a silver medal in the 4 x 400 meters relay.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Pettigrew threw his gold medal-winning Adidas spikes into the crowd after winning the 4 × 400 m final for the USA.[2]


In 2008, prosecution documents related to the trial of coach Trevor Graham listed Pettigrew as one of Graham's athletes to have used performance-enhancing drugs.[3] Pettigrew then admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and testified against Graham at his trial in May 2008.[4]

Although the IAAF rules currently do not retroactively alter results more than eight years after the event, Pettigrew voluntarily returned the medals he won in that period.[5][6] The 2000 Sydney Olympics 4 × 400 m U.S. relay team was stripped of their medals after Pettigrew admitted that he had used performance-enhancing drugs during that time.[7]

He received a two-year athletics ban in 2008, even though he had already retired from competitive track by then.[5]


Pettigrew was found dead at age 42 in the back seat of his locked car in Chatham County, North Carolina, on August 10, 2010, and evidence of sleeping pills was found by police. On October 13, an autopsy report stated that he had died by suicide as a result of overdosing on a medication containing diphenhydramine.[8][9] Pettigrew was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at the time of his death.[10]

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.42 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States March 26, 1994
200 meters 20.38 Durham, North Carolina, United States April 9, 1994
300 meters 32.33 Jerez de la Frontera, Spain September 13, 1989
400 meters 44.27 Houston, Texas, United States June 17, 1989

See also


  1. ^ "For The Record". Sports Illustrated. 113 (6). 2010-08-23. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  2. ^ Melbourne Herald, Sun 10 Oct 2000, p. 71.
  3. ^ "Olympic relay champion Pettigrew was doping: report". AFP. May 3, 2008. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  4. ^ Doped-up Pettigrew denied GB gold. BBC Sport May 23, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.
  5. ^ a b Pettigrew given two-year dope ban. BBC Sport June 3, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.
  6. ^ Sprinter Pettigrew to return gold, accepts ban Archived June 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. AFP June 3, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.
  7. ^ "Pollution, Internet, doping dominate Olympics lead-up". CNN. August 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
  8. ^ "Autopsy Files" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  9. ^ A.J. Perez %BloggerTitle% (2010-10-13). "Autopsy: Antonio Pettigrew, Ex-Olympian, Committed Suicide". Archived from the original on 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  10. ^ "BALCO grand jury is likely targeting Trevor Graham". ESPN. October 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  11. ^ "Pettigrew, Antonio biography". IAAF. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
  12. ^ "Pettigrew, Antonio profile". All-Athletics. Archived from the original on 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2012-07-22.