Marc Raquil preparing for a start in 2006
Marc Raquil preparing for a start in 2006

Marc Raquil (born 2 April 1977 in Créteil) is a French runner of Martiniquais origin who competes in the 400 metres and 4x400m relay. He won the 4x400m relay silver medal and the 400m bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships. In 2004, his 4x400m relay team was retroactively awarded gold medals after the United States 4x400m relay team was stripped of its gold medals due to the failed drug tests of two members of the relay (Calvin Harrison and Jerome Young).[1][2] Since Jerome Young had also finished first in the 400m at the 2003 World Championships, the failed drug test also resulted in Raquil being retroactively awarded a silver medal in the 400m. Raquil has also won three gold medals and one bronze medal at the European Indoor and Outdoor Championships.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  France
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 4th 4x400 m relay 3:04.80
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 400m 46.18
4th 4x400 m relay 3:04.15
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 3rd 400 metres 47.28
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 4th 4x400m relay 3:00.64
2003 World Championships Paris, France 2nd 400 metres 44.79
1st 4x400m relay 2:58.96
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th 400 metres 45.96
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 1st 4x400m relay 3:07.90
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 4x400m relay 3:03.10
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 400 metres 45.02
1st 4x400m relay 3:01.10

Outdoor personal bests

Later career

Raquil was prevented by injuries from competing in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. He subsequently announced his retirement; nonetheless in February 2011 the French Anti-Doping Agency suspended him from competition for one year for failing to submit to periodic anti-doping tests.[3]


  1. ^ "U.S. Stripped of 4x400 gold from 2003 worlds". 28 November 2004.
  2. ^ "Jerome Young is stripped of 2003 World Championship 400m gold | NEWS | World Athletics".
  3. ^ "Raquil retraité mais suspendu". L'Équipe (in French). 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2016-07-24.