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Pietro Mennea, the Italian Athlete Died at 60 Years of Age

Mar 22, 2013 17:16 IST

Pietro Mennea, the Italian athletics died in Rome on 21 March 2013. He was 60 years of age. He died because of some incurable disease.
About Pietro Mennea

• Pietro Mennea was the gold medal winner in the 200m at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
• He remained 14-time champion in 100m and 200m in the outdoor Italian championships.
• He was renowned for creating the world record of 19.72sec in Mexico 1979. His record could not be broken for around two decades. This was a record which broke its record of American Tommie Smith and remained unbeatable by US sprint great, Michael Johnson, in 1996.
• Pietro Mennea was also called Arrow of the South (Freccia del Sud in Italian).
• He announced his retirement in 1983. Despite announcing his retirement, he won 200m bronze at inaugural World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 1983.
• In 1984, he was known to be the first person appearing in fourth consecutive 200m Olympic final at 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
• He again announced his retirement and returned back for Seoul Games of 1988.

Quick Digest

Who: Pietro Mennea

Where: Rome

What: died

When: 21 March 2013

Why: because of some incurable disease

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