JUSTIN GATLIN will be investigated by anti-doping chiefs after being caught up in an undercover drug sting.
Gatlin, who has been banned twice for doping offences but escaped a lifetime ban, insisted yesterday he was “shocked” at the latest allegations made by his coach Dennis Mitchell and leading athletics agent Robert Wagner.
He has now sacked Mitchell, who himself escaped a drug ban in 1998 after famously claiming high testosterone levels were due to him having drunk five beers and had sex four times that day with his wife.
Mitchell was also the official 4x00m coach to Team USA at the Rio Olympics last summer.
The Daily Telegraph claim Wagner offered to
“illicitly supply performance-enhancing drugs”
to undercover reporters.
And the paper also alleges former Olympic gold medallist Mitchell, told reporters that athletes are able to get away with doping because the drugs they use cannot be detected by tests.
Both deny the allegations.
Yesterday Gatlin, 35, the Olympic 100m champion in 2004 and who beat Usain Bolt to world old at London 207 this summer, said he “fired” Mitchell “as soon as I found out about this”.
The American, whose previous coach was the notorious Trevor Graham who worked with drug cheats Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones, insisted:
“All legal options are on the table as I will not allow others to lie about me like this.”
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) – set up by the sport’s world governing body the IAAF – and the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) said they had opened an investigation into the claims.
A USADA spokesman said:
“Investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers play a critical role in anti-doping efforts. We are presently co-ordinating with the Athletics Integrity Unit in order to investigate these claims fully.”
IAAF president Lord Coe said:
“These allegations are extremely serious and I know the independent Athletics Integrity Unit will investigate in accordance with its mandate.”
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