PR: 9.95 (2004); 19.85 (2000)
Born: October 27 1978, Brooksville, Fla.
Current Residence: Gainesville, Fla.
High School: Hernando (Brooksville, Fla.) 98
Coach: Mike Holloway
Career Highlights: 2005 World Outdoor 200m bronze medalist; 2003 World Outdoor 200m champion & 4x100m relay gold medalist; 2000 Olympic Trials 200m champ; 2003 USA Indoor 200m champ; 1999 NCAA Outdoor 200 champ
The world outdoor 200m champion in 2003, Capel won the bronze medal in that event at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in a bit of a surprising performance he had placed only sixth at the 2004 Olympic Trials. After spending two years out of the sport, Capel returned with a vengeance in 2003, winning the world outdoor championships 200 meters, running lead-off for the gold medal 4x100m relay and being world #1 ranked in both the 100 and 200m by Track & Field News. As defending champion, he earned a 200m berth for the 2005 World Outdoor Championships. The youngest of 11 children and a standout sprinter in high school, Capel burst onto the world scene in spectacular fashion in 1999 when he ran 19.87 for 200m while at the University of Florida. He also played football as a scholarship wide receiver for the Gator football team, averaging 9.3 yards per catch and 7.0 yards per carry in 1999...withdrew from Florida in April 00 to concentrate on track...Capels 2000 best in the 200m of 19.85 at the U.S. Olympic Trials was #2 in the U.S. to Michael Johnsons 19.71Faltered out of the blocks during Olympic final costing him valuable time. On his decision to quit football for track during the Olympic year, Capel said I really wanted to concentrate on making the Olympic team, and I didnt think I could do that with the other pressures I had. An August 29, 2000 story in USA Today told how citizens in Capels hometown of Brooksville, Fla., raised $29,000 enabling Capels parents (Rev. John Sr. and Virginia) to travel to Sydney for the Games. Capel announced his intentions to enter the 2001 NFL draft on January 11 and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in April 2001and was later released. In 2002 he attempted to make the roster for the Kansas City Chiefs, but was let gohe and his wife Sandy have two children, Janya and Serenity.
2008: 12th in Olympic Trials semi-finals in 200m (20.81)...13th in Olympic Trials semi-finals in 100m (10.21)
2005: World Outdoor 200m (20.31) bronze medalist3rd in first-round at U.S. Outdoors 100m (10.39)1st in 100m at Payton Jordan U.S. Open (10.08)5th in 100m at adidas Track Classic (10.34)1st at Norwich Union (21.04)ranked #8 world (#5 U.S.) at 200m, #6 U.S. at 100m by T&FN...bests of 10.08 & 20.31.
2004: 5th in 100m at Olympic Trials (10.02)6th in 200m at Olympic Trials (20.72)runner-up at USA Indoors 60m (6.52) 1st in 100m at adidas Oregon (10.07)3rd in 100m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (9.95PR) 3rd in 100m at Payton Jordan US Open (10.07w)2nd in 200m in Mexico City (20.34) 6th in 60m at adidas Boston Indoor Games (6.68)2nd in 60m at Verizon Millrose Games (6.65)ranked #8 world, #4 U.S. at 100m, #6 U.S. at 200m by T&FNbests of 9.95PR & 20.24.
2003: World Outdoor 200m champion (20.30)ran lead leg on Team USA gold medal winning 4x100m relay at World Outdoors (38.06)2nd in the 200m at USA Outdoors (20.17)USA Indoor 200m champion (20.69)3rd in 60m at USA Indoors (6.49)did not compete at World Indoors (injured hamstring)2nd in 60m at Tyson Invitational (6.48)1st in race #1 in Zurich (9.97PR)2nd at adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors 100m (10.28)4th at Home Depot Invitational (10.11) 1st in Lausanne (20.04)1st at Golden Gala race#1(10.04)bests of 9.97PR & 20.04ranked #1 in the world at 100m & 200m by T&FN.
2002: Did not compete (football).
2001: Did not compete (football).
2000: Won Olympic Trials 200 in a PR 19.85...8th in 200m final in Sydney (20.49) after faltering out of the blocks; Placed 2nd in the NCAA Indoor 200, running 20.26, which broke the old American indoor record...withdrew from the University of Florida in April... second at adidas Oregon Track Classic 100 (10.21)... ranked #6 in the world (#1 U.S.) in 200m...bests of 10.12 in a heat at the Olympic Trials and 19.85 (#2 in U.S.).
1999: Won NCAA Outdoor 200 (19.87 PR)...2nd, NCAA Outdoor 100 (10.03 PR)...4th, USA Outdoor 200 (20.29w)...ran on winning 4 x 100-meters relay at World University Games...ranked #8 in U.S. in 100 and #5 in 200 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 10.03 and 19.87.
1998: Best of 10.40.
1997: Won National Scholastic 100 and 200...bests of 10.49 and 21.01.