Italian athletics great Mennea dead
MILAN: Italian athletics great Pietro Mennea, the gold medal winner in the 200m at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has died, according to ANSA news agency.
He also held the 200 m world record for 17 years with his time of 19.72.
Mennea was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004 elected on the list of The Democrats, but failed in his attempt to be re-elected.
He died in a Rome hospital as a result of a long battle with an as yet unnamed incurable disease. He was 60.
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