PR: 400m - 44.96 (2012)
Current Residence: Cullowhee, N.C.
Hometown: Shelby, N.C.
High School: Crest (Shelby, N.C.) H.S.
College: Western Carolina
Coach: Danny Williamson
Agent: Chris Layne
Sponsor: Under Armour
2012 Olympic 4x400m silver medalist
2012 World Indoor 4x400m gold medalist
Awards and Honors
7-time NCAA Championships Qualifier
32-time All Southern Conference
7-time NCAA-All Region
5-time Southern Conference Team Champion
4-time Southern Conference MVP
Western Carolina University Record Holder in 200 (20.73) and 400 (46.00)
Joe Hunt Award – Outstanding College Athlete Male
Manteo Mitchell quickly became a story at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Running for Team USA in the prelims of the 4x400m relay, Mitchell suffered a broken leg. When most would have quit, Mitchell finish his leg of the relay and helped Team USA to the fastest time ever run in the prelims in the event at the Olympic Games. They would go on to win a silver medal. After the Games when he traveled to the White House, President Obama told Mitchell it was one of his favorite stories from the Games. It was Mitchell's second championship medal in the 4x400m in 2012 after also winning gold at the World Indoor Championships. A graduate of Western Carolina University, he broke numerous school records and reached the NCAA Outdoor Championship three out of four years. He is Western Carolina University’s first Olympian. Mitchell loves food and lists Hibachi Chicken with fried rice as his favorite. Mitchell is an avid fan of music. Tank, Keri Hilson, Lil’ Wayne and Mint Condition are his favorite artists. He considers his mother his role model. In his spare time he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, flag-football and traveling.
2014: 1st place in 100m at Charlotte 49er Classic with a PR (10.26W[+3.0]); PR in the 200m at Walnut Mt. SAC relays (20.72)
2013: 2nd at Madrid 400m (45.25); 7th at USA Outdoors 400m (45.81); 6th at Tokyo 400m (20.97); 1st at Penn Relays 4x400m (3:00.91); 5th at Glasgow British Athletics International Match indoor (48.17)
2012: Olympic 4x400m silver medalist; World Indoor Championships 4x400m gold medalist; Southeast Region 200m (20.82) and 400m (46.97) champion; Fifth at Olympic Trials 400m (44.96) and 4th in heats of 200m (20.84);2nd in Ponce 400m (45.28)
2011: 5th in heats at USA Outdoors (46.44); 1st at Brussels Grand Prix (46.34)
2010: 1st at West Carolina Invitational (47.47)
2009: Southern Conference Indoor 60m champiion (6.80); Southern Conference Outdoor 100m runner-up (10.71), 200m (20.90) and 400m champion (47.96)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: Outdoor bests - 400m, 45.25 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 28 in the World, ranked No. 8 in the USA by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.47; 400m, 44.96 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 19 in the world, ranked No. 8 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.78; 400m, 45.95
2010: Outdoor bests - 200m, 21.17; 400m, 47.47
2009: Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.90; 400m, 46.00