Manteo Mitchell
Personal information
National teamUnited States of America
Born (1987-07-06) July 6, 1987 (age 36)
Shelby, North Carolina, U.S.
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Country United States
SportAthletics, Bobsled
Event(s)200m, 400m, 4 × 400m Relay, Brakeman
Turned pro2012
Coached byDanny Williamson (2005-present), David Pickett (2012-present)
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1
World finals6
National finals15
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London 4×400 m relay
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Istanbul 4×400 m relay
US Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Boston 2015 USATF Indoor Championships – Men's 300 metres
Silver medal – second place 2019 New York 2019 USATF Indoor Championships – Men's 300 metres

Manteo Mitchell (born July 6, 1987) is an American sprinter who competes in the 200m, 400m, and 4 × 400 m relay. He was a member of the USA team that won the gold medal in the Men's 4×400 metres relay at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[1] He now competes in a new sport, Bobsled, where he is seeking to make history, becoming only the 7th person in history to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. This feat would also make him the first African American male to claim this rare honor.

Early life

Mitchell was born in Shelby, North Carolina to Dianna Ellis. He attended Crest High School, being named all-conference, all-region, and all-state his junior and senior years. He then enrolled at Western Carolina University on an athletic scholarship, setting school records in the 400m, 4 × 100 m relay, and 4 × 400 m relay. Mitchell also led the Catamounts to 5 indoor and outdoor championships, being named the MVP multiple years.[2]

Professional career

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Mitchell qualified for the Olympic team by finishing fifth in the 400 metres with a time of 44.96, which qualified him to run in the 4x400 metres relay as a member of the U.S. relay team. At the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, Mitchell ran the first leg of the heat for the 4x400 metres relay and revealed afterwards that he broke his left fibula at the 200m mark. Despite this, Manteo finished his lap and clocked a time of 45.7, and the American team was able to qualify for the final.[3][4] Mitchell later earned a silver medal after the American team placed second in the final.

He is also a bobsledder for Team USA, seeking to become just the 7th person in history and first African American male to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Personal life

Mitchell currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.[5] He has one son, Khi Avery, born in 2012.[6]

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue
200 meters (outdoor) 20.20 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
200 meters (indoor) 20.89 Blacksburg, VirginiaUnited States
400 meters (outdoor) 44.96 Eugene, Oregon, United States
400 meters (indoor) 46.17 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


  1. ^ "Tech star anchors winning relay at World Championships". lubbockonline. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Manteo Mitchell - Graduate Assistant Coach - Staff Directory". Western Carolina University. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  3. ^ "Manteo Mitchell Broken Leg: U.S. 4x400M Runner Finishes Olympic Relay After Breaking Leg". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. 2012-08-09. Archived from the original on 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  4. ^ "Olympics relay: Broken leg for Manteo Mitchell of US". Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  5. ^ "Sprinter Manteo Mitchell's Leg Was Broken – But Not His Spirit". Point of Blue. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  6. ^ Rosen, Karen (May 6, 2013). "Manteo Mitchell's Big Break". Team USA. Archived from the original on December 28, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2021.