Jerome Young
Personal information
Born (1976-08-14) August 14, 1976 (age 47)
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Country United States
Event400-meter dash
Achievements and titles
Personal best400 m: 44.09 (1998)
Medal record
Men’s athletics
World Championships
Disqualified 1997 Athens 4×400 m relay
Disqualified 2001 Edmonton 4×400 m relay

Jerome Young (born August 14, 1976) is an American 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was the heats runner for the relay team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where the Americans won gold, but this medal was rescinded as well.[1][2][3]


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.[4]

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 that Young committed a doping offense on 26 June 1999.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

The Court of Arbitration for Sport reinstated the 2000 Olympic gold for Jerome's relay teammates in 2005. 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.[9]

Jerome Young resides in Raleigh, NC as a sprinting coach at Millbrook High School.[10] Jerome also teaches special education at high school.

International competitions

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

See also


  1. ^ Omogbeja, Yomi (22 July 2005). Retrieved 11 June 2019. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "US runner Young loses more medals for doping". 26 February 2009.
  3. ^ "U.S. Relay team stripped of gold". Reuters. 2 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Track & Field News - the Bible of the Sport Since 1948". Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  5. ^ IAAF Statement on CAS decision regarding Jerome Young. IAAF. 2004-06-29 Archived 2004-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Goldstein, Richard (12 August 2010). "Antonio Pettigrew, Sprinter Who Doped, Dies at 42". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Page doesn't exist".
  8. ^ "Athletics: Young case puts US gold medals at risk". 3 February 2004.
  9. ^ "IOC strips gold from 2000 US relay team - Yahoo! News". Archived from the original on 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  10. ^ "Millbrook Magnet High School / Homepage".
Awards Preceded byAndre Scott Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year 1995 Succeeded byObea Moore