James Carter
Carter before race
Personal information
Born (1978-05-07) May 7, 1978 (age 45)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Event400 meter hurdles
College teamHampton Pirates
Medal record
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Helsinki 400 m hurdles
IAAF World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2002 Madrid 400 m hurdles
NACAC Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 San Antonio 4 x 400 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2002 San Antonio 400 m hurdles

James Carter (born May 7, 1978) is an American athlete who competed in the 400 m hurdles. His personal best of 47.43 was set when winning the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. As of 2017, he is the 15th fastest-ever in the world and 9th fastest-ever in the USA. A 3-time United States champion (2002, 2004, 2007), he won the 2002 IAAF World Cup tile and finished fourth in the Olympic finals in 2000 and 2004.

Early life

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Carter grew up competing in track & field on the age group level. At the age of 12 he was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis which left him unable to run, walk and sometimes chew his food. He soon had surgery to have a tumor removed from his chest and was able to return to the sport of track and field. In high school he attended Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (commonly referred to as Mervo) where he won multiple state championships while competing in sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays. He received All-Metro performer of the year honors and was named Gatorade athlete of the year in the state of Maryland his junior and senior years of high school. He went on to attend Hampton University where he became a 2 time national all-American in the 400 hurdles placing 7th at the NCAA national championships in 1998 and 3rd in 1999. He also currently holds the school indoor record in the Triple Jump and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference records for most points scored in the conference meet. (38 points indoor and 39.5 outdoor)

Personal life

Son of James Sr. and Marilyn Knight. Carter has two children; Daughter name Taleya and son name Tamere. Currently resides in New Jersey. He coaches in North Carolina, where he coaches and mentors young kids in the sport of track and field. He has helped numerous athletes become national All-Americans on the age group, high school and collegiate level.


Personal bests

Event Best Location Date
60 metres 6.74 (indoors) Chapel Hill, NC 9 February 2007
200 metres 21.03 (indoors) State College, PA 31 January 2004
200 metres 20.80 Baltimore, MD 17 April 1996
400 metres 46.36 (indoors) Fayetteville, AR 10 February 2001
400 metres 46.21 Durham, NC 7 April 2001
400 metres hurdles 47.43 Helsinki, Finland 9 August 2005
800 metres 1:53.50 Gainesville, FL 28 March 2003