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Gauntlett pulls out due to theft charges

Akheem Gauntlett’s USA mug shot.

Akheem Gauntlett’s USA mug shot.

KINGSTON — The reasons behind Jamaican athlete Akheem Gauntlett’s decision to withdraw from the imminent IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, have gone viral.

It has been revealed that the 400 metres runner was arrested and charged for theft by police in Arkansas, USA, on June 14, 2013, days before he competed at the National Championships in Kingston.

The details of Gauntlett’s arrest along with his personal information are currently available on several state and county corrections and criminal records websites and resources. Gauntlett, who finished third in the men’s 400m final secured a spot on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships but he recently pulled out citing personal reasons.

Gauntlet represented Jamaica at the Central America and Caribbean Championships in Athletics in Morelia, Mexico in early July.

Dennis Gordon, press liaison representative for the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association at the World Championships in Moscow, noted that the association was not in a position to say much on the matter.

“At this point we can only repeat that the athlete withdrew from the World Championships team because he told us he had some personal matters to deal with,” Gordon said. “The offense that he is accused to have committed happened before our championships and we were not informed of it.” The Jamaica media have not been able to contact Gauntlett over the past few days.

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