Gold medallist US athlete Justin Gatlin poses on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 6, 2017. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD
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Britain's Daily Telegraph set up a sting where they claim Mitchell, the American former medal-winning sprinter who was previously banned for doping, and sports agent Robert Wagner had offered to supply performance-enhancing drugs to undercover reporters claiming to be making a movie featuring a doped athlete.Gatlin, 35, who won the world title in London this year against a backdrop of jeering relating to his two doping bans, issued a statement via Instagram where he said, "I am not using and have not used PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs].The Athletics Integrity Unit and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency have both said they are investigating the claims.Gatlin has been a divisive figure in the sport throughout his career, which brought him Olympic 100-meter gold in 2004 and a host of other global medals. He served two doping bans for offenses he has always denied and after his second comeback, was widely painted by the media as the bad guy going up against the sport's darling, Usain Bolt.
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