Pietro Mennea, the world recordman on 200 m , died today in Rome at age 61.
Mennea was born in 1952 in Barletta (Puglia)
During 1979 Pietro broke the word record with his incredible winning time of 19.72 .
The record held out for seventeen years and was beaten only in 1996 by Michael Johnson
In 1980 Mennea, “the Southern Arrow”, won the Olympic Games in Moscow.
Here is the video of his gold Olympic medal.