Jon Drummond
Personal information
Born (1968-09-09) September 9, 1968 (age 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)100 metres, 200 metres
College teamTexas Christian University
Coached byDarrell Smith

Jonathan A. Drummond (born September 9, 1968) is an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jon Drummond is known for being among the world's best starters. He is also well known for what could be called showmanship or taunting depending on one's perspective. Drummond has been called the "Clown Prince" of Track and Field.[1][2]

His "showmanship" was visible with his membership in the HSI enclave, along with training partners Maurice Greene and Ato Boldon.

In 1991, Drummond won the 200 m at the World University Games. At the 1993 World Championships, Drummond ran the opening leg on the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the gold medal and equalled the world record of 37.40. At the 1995 World Championships, he ran the second leg on the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which did not finish its heat after Drummond and Tony McCall failed to complete their pass.

Drummond was the opening leg of the silver medal-winning American 4 × 100 m relay team at the 1996 Summer Olympics and reached the semi-finals of 100 m. In 1997, Drummond won his only US National Championships title in 200 m and at the World Championships, Drummond was seventh in 200 m. In 1999, Drummond suffered a third case of spinal meningitis but managed to recover to run the opening leg in a gold medal-winning American 4 × 100 m relay team at the 1999 World Championships.

At the Sydney Olympics, Drummond was fifth in 100 m and ran again the opening leg on the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the gold medal. At the 2001 World Championships, Drummond was again selected to run the first leg in relay, but suffered a torn right quadriceps halfway to passing the baton to Mickey Grimes in the first round and did not run in the final. He did however complete the pass to Grimes in first place allowing the team to continue onto the finals.[3]

In 2002, Drummond was fourth in 100 m and won the 4 × 100 m relay in the IAAF World Cup.

At the 2003 World Championships, he was disqualified in the quarterfinals of 100 m for a false start. However, he contested that he did not false start, repeatedly shouting "I did not move". He delayed competition for almost an hour by refusing to leave the Paris track where the meet was being held. He protested for a period of time by lying down on the track. He eventually left the track of his own volition, reportedly in tears. It is one of a number of cases which relate to the revised false-start policies.

After retirement

At the 2012 London Olympics, Drummond was the relay coach for the U.S. Track Team.[3] The men's 4x100 metres relay team equalled the existing world record in the Olympics, though were defeated by a new world record by Jamaica.[4] The women's team won and crushed the world record. In an event where improvements are normally recorded in hundredths of a second, the team knocked more than a half a second off the record that had stood for more than a quarter of a century.[5]

Drummond worked as a fitness trainer at Daired's Pangea Spa in Arlington, Texas. He also formerly coached sprinter Tyson Gay.

He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and was formerly a member of Kirk Franklin's gospel group The Family.

He has also followed in his minister father's footsteps as pastor at Noville Memorial Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia.[3]

He was Inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2014.[6]

In 2014, after having tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Tyson Gay, Drummond's former athlete, was investigated, leading to the implication that Drummond had "encouraged his use of the banned products and transported them for him."[7] The investigation resulted in an eight-year ban from the sport for Drummond.[8] Drummond is banned until December 16, 2022.[9]

Personal Bests

Distance Time Venue
100 m 9.92 secs Indianapolis (12 June 1997)
200 m 20.03 secs Brussels (August 1997)


  1. ^ Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine UPMC Interview
  2. ^ Speed Endurance
  3. ^ a b c Bonnie D. Ford (August 9, 2012). "How Drummond keeps himself sane". August 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-12. Retrieved 2012-08-13.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-01-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ David Epstein (May 8, 2014). "Weak Sanction for Sprinter Gay Signals Change in Anti-Doping Tactics". August 12, 2012. ProPublica.
  8. ^ USADA (December 17, 2014). "AAA Panel Imposes Eight-Year Ban". December 17, 2014. USADA.
  9. ^ Lynch, Philippe (14 September 2015). "WADA prohibited association list with disclaimer" (.pdf). WADA. p. 2. Retrieved 16 September 2015.[permanent dead link]