Jerome Young

Jerome Young (born August 14, 1976) is a former track and field sprinter who specialized in the 400-meter dash. He won gold medals with the United States 4 × 400-meter relay team at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and 1997 World Championships in Athletics, but was later stripped of these medals due to doping and was ultimately banned from the sport. He also was the heats runner for the relay team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where the Americans won gold, but this was also stripped due to doping.[1]

Jerome Young
Personal information
Born (1976-08-14) August 14, 1976 (age 43)
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Country United States
Event(s)400-meter dash
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 44.09 (1998)


Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, he attended A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1995, as a senior in high school, Jerome set a Connecticut state record of 45.01 in the 400 m. He was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1995.[2]

Jerome was part of the world record breaking 4 × 400 m relay team in 1998 along with Michael Johnson, Antonio Pettigrew, and Tyree Washington.

On June 29, 2004 the IAAF announced the following:

The Court of Arbitration of Sport has decided that the Doping Appeal Board of USATF reached an erroneous decision when exonerating Jerome Young of a doping offence and that, accordingly, Jerome Young did indeed commit a Doping Offence on 26 June 1999.[3]

The effect of the decision was to negate all his results from 26 June 1999 to 25 June 2001, and to ban him permanently from the date of the decision. Accordingly, he and his teammates were stripped of their 2000 Olympic medal in the 4x400 m relay.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport reinstated the 2000 Olympic gold for Jerome's relay teammates in 2005.[4] Jerome had not run in the final; he had only run in one of the qualifying heats.

Young and the U.S. team had previously been stripped of the 2003 world championship relay gold due to a doping admission by teammate Calvin Harrison.

On August 2, 2008, the International Olympic Committee stripped the gold medal from the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team, due to a doping admission by teammate Antonio Pettigrew.[5]

Jerome Young resides in Raleigh, NC as a sprinting coach at Millbrook High School.[6] Jerome also teaches special education at the high school.

International competitionsEdit

These were later stripped due to Young's drug use during his career.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Omogbeja, Yomi (22 July 2005). "CAS denies Nigeria Sydney relay gold". Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2015-11-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ IAAF Statement on CAS decision regarding Jerome Young. IAAF. 2004-06-29 Archived 2004-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "CAS denies Nigeria Sydney relay gold"
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2017-01-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^

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Preceded by
Andre Scott
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Obea Moore