Doping: Gatlin fires coach

By Daily Sports on December 20, 2017

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The world 100-metres champion Justin Gatlin has fired his coach, the Olympic gold medallist Dennis Mitchell, for telling undercover reporters athletes can dope without being caught.

An investigation published by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday, using journalists pretending to be making a film, approached Mitchell and an agent linked to Gatlin, Robert Wagner. Gatlin Justin The Telegraph claims Wagner offered to “supply and administer testosterone and human growth hormone for an actor training for a film,” to reporters at Gatlin’s Florida for a fee of 250,000 dollars. And the matter is now the subject of an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), according to the Telegraph and the Press Association.

The paper alleges Mitchell said athletes could dope undetected by tests and that Wagner cited Mitchell and Gatlin as being involved in doping. Gatlin responded by dismissing Mitchell and issuing a statement.

“I am not using and have not used PED’s (performance enhancing drugs),” he said. “I was shocked and surprised to learn that my coach would have anything to do with even the appearance of these current accusations. “I fired him as soon as I found out about this. All legal options are on the table as I will not allow others to lie about me like this.”

Gatlin was first suspended in 2001 over use of an attention deficit disorder medication and then again, for eventually four years, in 2006 after testing positive for the steroid testosterone. In between he won Olympic gold over 100m in 2004 and in his second return to competition, finished second to Usain Bolt in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. But Gatlin, by now aged 35, defeated the great Bolt to win this year’s 100m at the world championships in London.

•Photo shows Justin Gatlin.

 

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 20, 2017

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