Maurice Greene
Greene after winning the 100 m event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney
Personal information
Born (1974-07-23) July 23, 1974 (age 49)[1]
Kansas City, Kansas, United States[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (1.76 m)[1]
Weight180 lb (82 kg)[2]
Event(s)100 meters, 200 meters
College teamKansas
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 100 m
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 4×100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens 100 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Athens 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Seville 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Seville 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Seville 4×100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2001 Edmonton 100 m
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Maebashi 60 m
Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 New York City 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1998 New York City 4×100 m relay

Maurice Greene (born July 23, 1974) is an American former track and field sprinter who competed in the 60 meters, 100 meters, and 200 meters. He is a former 100 m world record holder with a time of 9.79 seconds. During the height of his career (1997–2004) he won four Olympic medals and was a five-time World Champion. This included three golds at the 1999 World Championships, a feat which had previously only been achieved by Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson and has since been equaled by three others.

His career was affected by several injuries from 2001 onwards, although he won the 100  meters bronze and silver in the sprint relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Greene was also successful indoors: he was the 1999 Indoor World Champion, was the world record holder in the 60-meter dash for nearly 20 years and remains the joint-fastest man over 50 meters. He raced sparingly after an injury in 2005 and officially retired in 2008. Over his career, he made the third most sub-10-second runs (52) in the 100m, tied with Usain Bolt and only surpassed by Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin.

Following his track career he has become an ambassador for the IAAF and a TV personality, appearing on Identity, Blind Date, and Dancing with the Stars. Most recently he volunteered as a track coach at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) for the 2012–2013 season.

Since then he has become a Physical Education teacher at American Leadership Academy in Arizona. [citation needed]

Early life

Greene was born in Kansas City, Kansas and attended F.L. Schlagle High School. In his youth and high school, he participated in both American football and track and field. After high school, Greene received a Track scholarship to the University of Kansas. Greene also attended[3] Park University and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Sports career

Early career and breakthrough

In 1995 he took part in his first major international tournament at the World Championships in Gothenburg, but was eliminated in the 100 m quarter-finals. His next season was disappointing, as he failed to make the American team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After watching the Olympic final from the stands, Greene made his way to Los Angeles to seek the coaching of John Smith. He joined the start-up HSI group. He went on to become the group's most visible member.

The following season would be his breakthrough. At the World Championships in Athens, Greene won the 100 m title. This marked the beginning of Greene's dominance in the 100 m. He successfully defended his title in 1999 and 2001 and captured the Olympic gold medal in the 2000 Olympics. He was also successful at the 200 m. At the 1999 World Championships, he also won the 200 m title, the first to win both sprint events at a World Championships. However, he did not run the 200 m at the 2000 Olympics after an injury at the US trials.

World record holder and athletic prime

In 1999 he set the 100 m world record at 9.79 s (+0.1 m/s wind), beating Donovan Bailey's standing world record of 9.84 s (+0.7 m/s wind), and lowering the world record by the largest margin since the advent of electronic timing. Greene also matched Bailey's 50 m indoor world record time, but the run was never ratified. He also set the 60 m indoor world record twice. His 60 m indoor record is currently at 6.39 seconds. In addition, Maurice Greene was the only sprinter to hold the 60 m and 100 m world records at the same time. The previous IAAF logo was created in Greene's image.

In 2002, Greene lost his 100 m world record to fellow American Tim Montgomery, who beat his time by 0.01 (9.78 s +2.0 m/s), while Greene himself was injured and watched the race from the stands; Montgomery has since been found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs, and his record has been retroactively rescinded. The record was broken legitimately by Asafa Powell in 2005 with a time of 9.77 s (+1.6 m/s wind).

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greene added to his medal tally with the bronze after finishing third in his attempt to defend his 100 m title to Justin Gatlin, and a silver as the anchor leg runner on the United States 4 × 100 m relay team, narrowly denied another Olympic Gold by the British team, who won by 0.01 seconds.

Greene ran 52 sub-10-second 100 m races during his career, which at the time was more than any other sprinter in history. This record has now been surpassed by Asafa Powell who has 97 100 m sub-10-second runs to his name and Justin Gatlin who has 64 100 m sub-10-second runs to his name and equalled by Usain Bolt who has the same amount of sub-10-second runs with 52.[4] Previously Greene had held the record for the most wind-legal sub-10-second clockings for 100 m in one season when he ran 9 sub-10s in 1999. This record was also broken by Asafa Powell in 2006 (12), and it was improved by Powell in 2008 to 15.

On December 21, 2006, he appeared as one of the "strangers" on the NBC game show Identity. The contestant, a self-professed track and field fan, incorrectly identified him by name as Marion Jones, although she identified him as the "world's fastest man."


On February 4, 2008, Greene announced his retirement from track and field in Beijing, citing nagging injuries and a wish to see new individuals succeed in the sport. Greene said he hopes to pursue coaching and business interests.

In April 2008, the New York Times reported that Greene had paid Mexican discus thrower Angel Guillermo Heredia $10,000, which Heredia claimed was in payment for performance-enhancing drugs. Greene admitted meeting Heredia and making the payment but claimed it was common for him to pay for "stuff" for other members of his training group, and reiterated that he had never used banned drugs.[5][6]

Greene was a contestant on Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars, and was paired with two-time champion Cheryl Burke. He was eliminated in Week 8 of the competition, taking 5th place.[7] He hyperextended his leg during the competition. He later helped out in their pro-dancer competition and danced a Tango with future winner Anna Demidova. Greene also appeared on the American television series Blind Date where he was paired with a woman named Christie. Greene and Christie agreed that they would see each other again.

He has a tattoo that reads GOAT referring to his claim to be "Greatest of All Time".[8]


In an event set up by ESPN's Todd Gallagher, Greene appeared in the book "Andy Roddick Beat Me With a Frying Pan" racing in a 100-meter race against the book's editor, who had a 31-meter head start and the help of a moving sidewalk. Greene lost by a nose.[9]

Maurice Greene hosted the monthly show "Greene Light" on Eurosport where he met stars of athletics, such as Blanka Vlašić, Allyson Felix and Churandy Martina.

Greene was also the cover athlete for the multi-platform video game International Track & Field 2000, which was developed by Konami.[10]

Personal bests

Event Time Date Venue Notes
50 m 5.56 February 13, 1999 Los Angeles, California, United States Tied world record (not ratified)
60 m 6.39 March 2, 1998 Madrid, Spain Equalled in Atlanta on March 3, 2001, former world record
100 m 9.79 June 16, 1999 Athens, Greece +0.1 m/s wind, former world record
200 m 19.86 July 7, 1997 Stockholm, Sweden +1.6 m/s wind

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th 60 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 1st 100 m
1998 Goodwill Games New York City, New York, United States 1st 100 m
1st 4 × 100 m relay
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 1st 60 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 1st 100 m
1st 200 m
1st 4 × 100 m relay
Grand Prix Final Munich, Germany 2nd 200 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st 100 m
1st 4 × 100 m relay
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1st 100 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 3rd 100 m
2nd 4 × 100 m relay
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4 × 100 m relay DNF

National competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1995 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California, United States 2nd 100 m
1997 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 1st 100 m
1999 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon, United States 1st 200 m
2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Sacramento, California, United States 1st 100 m
2001 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships New York City, New York, United States 1st 60 m
2002 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Palo Alto, California, United States 1st 100 m
2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Sacramento, California, United States 1st 100 m
2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Carson, California, United States DNF 100 m

Meeting wins

IAAF Golden League

Dancing with the Stars

Week Dance(s)/Song(s) Inaba Goodman Tonioli Result
1 Foxtrot/"Doing it to Death"
Mambo/"I Do the Jerk"
2 Rumba/"Mercy Mercy Me" 7 6 6 Safe
3 Jive/"Rock Around the Clock" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Samba/"That's the Way (I Like It)" 6 7 7 Safe
5 Salsa/"Everything I Can't Have" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz/"Gravity" 7 7 7 Safe
7 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Cupid Shuffle"
Team Paso Doble/"Rocks"
Quarter Finals
Quickstep/"Puttin' on the Ritz"
Paso Doble/"Let it Rock"

See also


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Maurice Greene". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Maurice Greene". USA Track & Field. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Layden, Tim. "Gold Standard Once going nowhere fast, sprinter Maurice Greene has found his stride, smashed the 100-meter world record and set his sights on Olympic stardom". Vault. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  4. ^ IAAF All Time 100 Metre list
  5. ^ Wilson, Duff (April 17, 2008). "I.A.A.F. Seeks an Explanation From Greene About Drug Allegations". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Maurice Greene denies link to doping scandal". The Daily Telegraph. April 14, 2008. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Kicked Off TV: Maurice Greene voted off Dancing With The Stars Archived February 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Weir, Tom (July 9, 2004). "Greene has 'Mo'mentum". USA Today. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  9. ^ O'Neil, Brian (December 2, 2007). "Sporting absurdity, in all its gloriosity". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Kennedy, Sam (April 27, 2000). "Track & Field 2000 Ships". Gamespot. Retrieved July 8, 2022.
Records Preceded byAndre Cason Men's 60 m World Indoor Record Holder February 3, 1998 – January 20, 2018 Succeeded byChristian Coleman Awards and achievements Preceded byWilson KipketerMichael Johnson Men's Track & Field ESPY Award 19992001–2002 Succeeded byMichael JohnsonTim Montgomery Preceded byMark O'Meara BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year 1999 Succeeded byTiger Woods