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Ex-sprinter Pietro Mennea dies at 60

Updated: March 21, 2013, 9:25 AM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Pietro Mennea, an Olympic sprint champion from Italy who held the world record in the 200 meters for 17 years, died Thursday. He was 60.

The Italian Olympic Committee said Mennea died in a Rome clinic. No cause of death was given.

Mennea won gold in the 200 and bronze in the 4x400 relay at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, plus a bronze in the 200 at the 1972 Munich Games.

Mennea set the 200 world record record of 19.72 seconds on Sept. 12, 1979, at the World University Games ...

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