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JEROME YOUNG
Event: 400m
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
PR: 400m - 44.09 (1998)
Born: August 14, 1976, in Clarendon, Jamaica
Current Residence: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Prince Technical HS, Hartford, Conn. '95
Colleges: Wallace State JC '97, St. Augustine's
Coach: Trevor Graham
Agent: Charles Wells
Club: adidas

Career Highlights: 1998 and '99 USA Champion; 2000 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist; World record holder, 4x400 relay; Gold medalist, 1997 World Championships 4x400 relay; 4th, 1999 World Championships; 5th, 1997 World Championships.

A naturalized citizen, Young became eligible to represent the United States in 1995...previous citizenship had been Jamaican...He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and was talked into going out for track by a teacher. He didn't realize what he was getting into: 'I didn't realize they were running cross country at the time. I stuck with it, and when indoor track finally came around, I started to get good.' He continued running cross country every fall, even in junior college, 'for basework' and became a dominant athlete in Connecticut, winning more state titles than he can remember...became professional after his junior year at St. Augustine's, and gave up his final year of NCAA eligibility...trains with 1991 World Champion Antonio Pettigrew... has a degree in physical education, with an emphasis on coaching and sports management...counts as his biggest thrill: 'running on the 4x400 with Michael Johnson at the Goodwill Games, and breaking the world record.'

2004: doping suspension - stripped of all results between June 26, 1999 and June 26, 2001 - banned for life
2001:
World Indoor 4x400m silver medalist (anchor leg)4th at USA Indoors 400m (46.60)3rd at Millrose (49:11)3rd at USA Outdoors (45.32)3rd at adidas Golden Spike Invitational (47.15).
2000: 4x400m relay Olympic gold medalist (ran 1st leg in opening round and semifinal)...fourth at Olympic Trials (44.70)...suffered from food poisoning in March...had sore calves and hamstrings throughout the season...ranked 9th in the world (4th U.S.) by T&FN...best of 44.70
1999: Won USA Outdoors (44.24)... 4th at World Champs (44.36)... bests of 20.76 and 44.24.
1998: Won USA Outdoors (44.09 PR)...6th Goodwill Games (45.36), led-off world record 4 x 400 (44.3 for 2:54.20)...won NCAA II Indoor (46.13)...won NCAA II Outdoor (44.19)... 2nd at Brussels GP (44.73)...2nd at GP Final (44.96)...2nd at World Cup (45.37)... best of 44.09.
1997: 3rd at USA Outdoors (44.83 PR)...5th at World Champs (44.51, after 44.50 PR in semi), led-off gold medal 4x400 (44.6 for 2:56.47)...won JUCO Indoor (46.79)...won JUCO (44.86 PR)... ranked #7 in world (#4 in U.S.) by T&FN...best of 44.50.
1996: 7th in semis at Olympic Trials (45.57)...won JUCO Indoor (47.40)...won JUCO (44.96 PR), 5th in 200 (21.03)... best of 44.96, also 21.03.
1995: Won National Scholastic double (21.06 and 46.31)...won USA Juniors (45.01 PR), 2nd in 200 (20.90)...silver medal at Pan-Am Juniors (45.74), anchored gold medal 4x400 (45.2 for 3:04.37)... 2nd National Scholastic Indoor (47.66)...2nd Golden West (45.89), 3rd in 200 (21.74)... best of 45.01, also 20.90.
1994: 2nd in National Scholastic Indoor (48.40)...won Connecticut HS state meet (47.45)...won National Scholastic (46.31 PR)... best of 46.31.
1993: Best of 47.25.

7/18/01