Justin Gatlin, Coach Under Doping Investigation; Agent Claims Sprinter Uses PEDs

Justin Gatlin's coach Dennis Mitchell and the illicit drugs offered during the investigation into doping
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The Athletics Integrity Unit and the US Anti-Doping Agency have said they are investigating the allegations.

Gatlin, who won the 100-meter gold medal in August at the 2017 world championships in an upset over Jamaican Usain Bolt, has served two doping suspensions in his career.

Wagner and Mitchell were secretly recorded stating that performance-enhancing drug use is still rampant in sports and they explained how athletes can avoid testing positive, according to the Telegraph report.

The agent at the centre of the Daily Telegraph investigation into Justin Gatlin's entourage has claimed he made up his comments about obtaining banned drugs to impress the undercover reporters.

"It was just big talk", said Wagner. Wagner told the newspaper he wasn't involved in doping and, "Obviously I played along because I knew what was going on". They reportedly claimed that the use of banned substances is widespread in track and field and that "designer drugs can't be detected".

Gatlin said on social media on Tuesday (NZT) that he was "not using and have not used PEDs". I was shocked and surprised to learn that my coach would have anything to do with these accusations'. "I fired him as soon as I found out about this".

Head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, Brett Clothier said there would be an investigation into the claims, in co-operation with USADA.

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Mitchell and Wagner deny the allegations.

Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which set up the AIU, has called the allegations "extremely serious".

Mitchell said: "I never suggested in any way that any of my current athletes used any banned substances or that I was familiar with training any of my current athletes with those substances".

The 35-year-old's win was even more controversial owing to his twice being banned from competing for failing doping tests; first in 2001 for two years and then in 2006 for eight years, before it was reduced to four due to his cooperation with doping authorities.

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".

"Under the IAAF Rules, all athlete support personnel - agents, coaches etc - are bound by both the IAAF anti-doping code and IAAF integrity code of conduct".

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