PRs: 100m 9.79 (1999), 200m 19.86 (1997), 60m WR (i) 6.39 (1998, 2001)
Born: July 23, 1974 in Kansas City, Kan.
Current Residence: Chatsworth, Calif.
High School: Schlagle HS, Kansas City, Kan. '93
Coach: John Smith
Agent: Daniel Escamilla
Career Highlights: 2000 Olympic 100m and 4x100m gold medalist; 3-time World 100m champion (97, 99, 01); 1999 World 200m and 4 x 100m champion; 2004 Olympic 100m bronze medalist & 4x100m relay silver medalist; 2001 U.S. Indoor 60m Champ; 1999 World Indoor 60m champion; 1997, 2000, 2002 U.S. 100m champ; 1999 U.S. 200m champion; Indoor 50m & 60m dash world record holder
One of the greatest sprinters of all time, Greene entered the blocks for the much anticipated mens 100m final at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships in search of his fifth national title in that event. Unfortunately, near the midpoint of the race Greene suffered a left hamstring injury that kept him from completing the race. He was named to the 4x100m relay pool for the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, but a fumbled baton pass in the opening round disqualified the U.S. squad and kept Greene from competing. The dominant 100m sprinter of his era, Greene won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in the same time in which he won the 2000 Olympic gold medal (9.87). Despite an injury-shortened season in 2001, Greene remained firmly atop the world in the 100m that year, winning his third World Championships 100m goldGreene suffered patella tendonitis throughout the season, and a quadriceps injury sustained during the world outdoor final affected his 2002 and 2003 seasons. in 2001 Greene also received recognition as USATF's Visa Humanitarian of the Year Award, in part for the work he does with the Maurice Greene Finish the Race Youth Foundation, which he founded in 2001 in his hometown of Kansas City, Kan. Greene owns three of the four fastest times in history of 9.79 former WR, 9.80 and 9.82. He has run 52 sub-10 seconds 100 m races, more than any other sprinter in history. Added two Olympic gold medals to his five career World Champs golds at the 2000 Games in Sydney, winning the 100 and 4x100. With his medals around his neck, Greene was a contestant on the hit game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' winning $125,000, half of which he donated to the United Negro College Fund ... got off to a quick start in 2001 by tying his WR for the indoor 60m with a time of 6.39 in the semifinals at the Pontiac Grand Prix USA Indoor Championships presented the winner's trophy to Jennifer Capriatti at the 2001 French Open threw out the first ball for the Kansas City Royals' home opener in 1998...started running track at 8 years old...coached by his high school mentor, Al Hobson, until he started working with Smith in 1996. Hobson blessed the change; says Greene, 'I contacted John because he is simply the best coach around," said Greene. "You only have to look at what he has achieved to know how good he is. I wanted to be the best and California was the place to make it happen' Web site: www.mogreene.com 1999 Jesse Owens Award winner.
3rd at Baie
Mahault (10.35)…a hairline fracture in his foot at the Kansas Relays caused him
to miss the remainder of the season…best of 10.35.
2005: Did not finish 100m final at USA Outdoors due to left hamstring injury1st in semifinal at USA Outdoors (10.01)1st in 100m at Reebok Grand Prix (10.08)4th in 100m at adidas Track Classic (10.32)...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 10.01
2004: Olympic Games 100m bronze medalist (9.87)silver in 4x100m relay (38.08)1st in Olympic Trials 100m (9.91)...1st at Mt. SAC Relays (10.02)2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (9.93)1st in race 1 at Japan Grand Prix 100m (10.04)1st in Payton Jordan US Open (9.78w) and Home Depot (9.86w)ranked #4 in world, #2 U.S. by T&FNbest of 9.87.
2003: Did not run 200m final at USA Outdoors due to a sore kneeDid not compete in 100 due to having a bye into the World Championships, as defending champion 8th in semifinal at World Outdoor Championships (10.37)1st at adidas Boston Indoor Games (6.52)1st at Home Depot Invitational Outdoors (9.94, U.S. Leader)3rd at Oracle U.S. Open (20.43)3rd at Golden Gala Rome race #1 (10.09)1st at Mt. SAC 200 meters (20.16)bests of 9.94 & 20.16ranked #9 in the world (#4 U.S.) at 100m, #8 in the U.S. at 200m by T&FN.
2002: Won his third U.S. 100m title (9.88w)ran 9.89 in winning at Rome on July 121st in Athens (9.97)1st in Monaco (9.97)ran 9.99 in semis at USA Outdoors1st in Paris (9.99)2nd in Oslo (10.06)3rd in London (10.06)ranked #3 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 9.89.
2001: Won his third World 100m title in a row in the fastest time in the world in 2001, running the third-fastest time in history (9.82) despite a headwind of .2 meters per second and suffering an injury to his left quadriceps meters prior to the finish. The injury ended his seasonalso battled tendonitis in his knee throughout the yearUSA Indoor 60m champ (6.51)equaled his own 60m WR (6.39) in semifinal at U.S. Champsran 9.90 in opening round of U.S. Outdoor Nationals1st in Athens 100m (9.91)ranked #1 in the world at 100m by T&FNbest of 9.82.
2000: Won gold at Olympics in 100m (9.87), and 4x100m relay (4th leg)...won Olympic Trials 100 (10.01)...injured in 200 and did not finish...won 100 at Zurich Grand Prix in 9.94...won 100 at Rome Grand Prix in 9.97...ranked #1 in the world and U.S. in 100m, bests of 9.91 on May 13 at Osaka and 19.93w, 20.02.
1999: Triple gold medalist at World Champs; 100 (9.80CR), 200 (19.90) and 4x100 relay anchor (37.59)... first man ever to accomplish 100/200 sprint double at World Champs... only the fourth athlete in World Champs history to win three golds in a single meet... set 100m WR (9.79) on June 16 in Athens, Greece... won 200 (19.90w) at USA Outdoors ... gold at World Indoors (6.42)... tied 50 WR indoors (5.56)... 2nd in 60 at USA Indoors... 2nd in 200 at GP Final (19.90)... ranked #1 in world at 100 and 200 by T&FN... bests of 9.79WR, AR and 19.90.
1998: Set world indoor 60m record of 6.39 on February 3 in Madrid...undefeated indoors in four races... won the sprint double at the Prefontaine GP in 9.79 and 19.88, both wind-aided...ran 9.84w and 9.96 in the heats and semis of the USA champs but withdrew from the finals because of cramps...broke 10-seconds 10 times, eight of them with legal wind...ranked #1 in world at 100m by T&FN, #3 at 200 (#1 in U.S)...bests of 9.90 and 20.03.
1997: Gold at World Champs (9.86)... won 100 at USA Outdoors... 4th in 60 at USA Indoors... ranked #2 in world at 100m by T&FN (#1 in the U.S.)... best of 9.86 and 19.86.
1996: 7th in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Trials... best of 10.08.
1995: Placed 2nd in 100 at USA Outdoors...wind-aided 9.88 at the Texas Relays beat Carl Lewis... 6th in 100 quarterfinal at World Champs... legal best of 10.19.
1994: Pulled a hamstring badly while running for Kansas City CC.
1993: Bests of 10.43 and 21.00... won third straight Kansas HS state meet double at 100 & 200.