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Jerome Young (born August 14, 1976) in Clarendon, Jamaica, is a former sprint athlete. He was caught doping in 1999, and was ultimately banned from the sport, which cast suspicious shadows over his entire track & field career.

Jerome Young
Medal record
Men’s athletics
World Championships
Disqualified 1997 Athens 4×400 m relay
Disqualified 2001 Edmonton 4×400 m relay



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.[1]

Jerome was part of the world record breaking 4 x 400 metres 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Jerome Young resides in Raleigh, NC as a sprinting coach at Millbrook High School.[5] Jerome also teaches special education at the high school.


  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
  • Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
  • PR: 400 m. – 44.09 s* (1998)


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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2015-11-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ IAAF Statement on CAS decision regarding Jerome Young. IAAF. 2004-06-29 Archived 2004-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "CAS denies Nigeria Sydney relay gold"
  4. ^[dead link]
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Preceded by
Andre Scott
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Obea Moore