Randolph Ross
Personal information
Born (2001-01-01) January 1, 2001 (age 23)[1][2]
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[2]
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportTrack and field
Event400m
College teamNorth Carolina A&T Aggies
Achievements and titles
Personal bests
  • 200 m: 20.26 (High Point 2022)
  • 400 m: 43.85 (Eugene 2021)
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo 4×400 m relay

Randolph Ross (born January 1, 2001) is an American athlete specializing in the 400 metres, who competes collegiately for the North Carolina A&T Aggies. He is coached by his father Duane Ross, who was also an Olympian in the 110m hurdles.[3][4]

On February 12, 2021 at the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina, Ross ran the 400m in 45.21 seconds, which was the fastest time in the nation in 2021 at the time. A day later, he ran the 200m in a time of 20.50 seconds to take over the top spot in the year at that distance as well.[5] Ross finished second to Noah Williams at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in February 2021.[6] He also won the event at the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, setting a 2021 world leading time of 43.85 seconds. The time ranked him #13 on the all time list. Nine days later he qualified for the 400 m at the 2020 Summer Olympics through finishing third at the US Olympic Trials on June 20, 2021.[7]

In 2022, Ross doubled as the indoor and outdoor NCAA champion in the 400 m.[8]

On 16 July 2022, Ross was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit and barred from participating in the 2022 World Athletics Championships.[9] In December, he was banned for three years retroactively from July 1, 2022 for whereabouts failures and tampering with doping control, having missed three tests and attempted to doctor an email to avoid the last missed test.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Athletics ROSS Randolph - Tokyo 2020 Olympics". Archived from the original on August 15, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Randolph Ross". teamusa.org. USOC. Archived from the original on January 2, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  3. ^ Randolph Ross at World Athletics
  4. ^ Creasy, Jason. "Randolph Ross Joins Father At North Carolina A&T!". MileSplit North Carolina.
  5. ^ Friedlander, Brett (February 24, 2021). "Like father, like son: A&T's Ross sprints out of dad's shadow".
  6. ^ https://www.theadvertiser.com/amp/4679412001[bare URL]
  7. ^ "A&T's Randolph Ross qualifies for Tokyo Olympics". greensboro.com. June 20, 2021. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  8. ^ Mosley, Kyle (June 11, 2022). "Randolph Ross Jr. Wins Second-Straight 400M Outdoor National Championship Title". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  9. ^ "L'AIU suspend provisoirement Lawrence Cherono et Randolph Ross, privés de Mondiaux".
  10. ^ "Randolph Ross, U.S. Olympic sprinter, banned 3 years in drug-testing case". OlympicTalk | NBC Sports. December 13, 2022. Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  11. ^ @aiu_athletics (December 13, 2022). "Register" (Tweet). Retrieved August 16, 2023 – via Twitter.