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JAMES CARTER
Event: 400m hurdles 
Height:
6-0
Weight:
190
PR:
47.43 (2005) 
Born:
May 7, 1978, in Baltimore, Md. 
Current
Residence:  Raleigh, N.C.
High
School: Mervo Tech (Baltimore, Md.) ‘96 
College:
Hampton University ‘00
Coach:
  Self
Agent:
Ray Flynn
Club:
Nike

Career Highlights: 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist; 3-time USA Outdoor champion (’02, ’04, ‘07); 2002 World Cup champion; 4th at 2000 & 2004 Olympic Games

Carter enjoyed an outstanding 2007 outdoor season highlighted by his victory at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, where his winning time of 47.72 seconds in the 400m hurdles final was the second-fastest time in the world that season. Carter made it to the podium of a major international event for the first time in his career with his silver medal-winning performance at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, where he posted a career-best time of 47.43 seconds. He has shown steady improvement, achieving his first national ranking in 1999 and world ranking in 2000. In 2002 he added his first U.S. title and World Cup gold.  His 47.57 at Zurich was the fastest time by an American in 2002. The first Baltimorean in a generation to earn a berth on the U.S. Olympic Team, Carter’s 48.04 to finish fourth in the 2000 Olympic final was his PR until he ran 47.57 in Zurich on August 16, 2002... Carter had a thymus tumor removed from his chest after he was stricken with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease, as a child. The disease weakened him to the extent that he could not pick up a fork to eat…nickname is ‘Slash’…High School alma mater Mervo Tech in Baltimore does not have a track. Had Olympic rings tattooed on his shoulder after making the 2000 Olympic Team.

2008: 12th in Olympic Trials semi-finals (49.45)...6th at Bislett Games Oslo (50.15)…7th at DKB-ISTAF Berlin (51.45)
2007:
 USA Outdoor champion (47.72U.S. Leader)… 4th at World Outdoors (48.40)...3rd at adidas Track Classic (48.76)…1st at Reebok Grand Prix (48.37)…2nd in Osaka (48.22)…1st at Lausanne (48.30)…3rd at Rome (48.31)…1st at Paris (48.61)…ranked #3 in world, #2 U.S. by T&FN…best of 47.72.
2006:  3rd at USA Outdoors (48.44)…4th at Osaka (48.16)…5th at Reebok Grand Prix (50.10)…3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (49.31)…6th at Paris  (49.21)…6th at Rome (49.18)…5th at Athens Super Grand Prix (49.03)…4th at Lausanne (48.45)…2nd at London Grand Prix (48.79)…ranked #8 in world, #3 U.S. by T&FN…best of 48.16.
2005:
  World Outdoor Champs silver medalist (47.43PR)…3rd at USA Outdoors (48.03)…2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (47.95)...1st in semifinal in Helsinki (47.78)...1st at Paris (48.05)...1st at Lausanne (48.47)...1st at Rome (48.41)...ranked #2 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 47.43.
2004: Olympic trials 400mH champion (47.68)…4th at Olympic Games (48.58)…runner-up at USA Indoors (46.80)…2nd in 600 yd run at Verizon Millrose Games (1:11.44)…3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (48.83)…ranked #4 in world, #2 U.S. by T&FN…best of 47.68.
2003:
3rd at USA Outdoors (49.23)…4th at London (48.88)…ranked #4 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 48.88.
2002:
USA Outdoor champion (48.12)…won World Cup (48.27)…2nd at Rome (48.18)…1st at Osaka (49.21)…1st at NACAC (48.95)…2nd at Athens (48.88)…2nd at London (48.09)…2nd at Zurich (47.57)…3rd at Grand Prix Final (48.12)…ranked #3 in the world, #1 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 47.57.
2001:
3rd at USA Outdoors (48.79)…5th in semifinal at 2001 World Outdoors (49.38)…Millrose 400m champ (48.83)…2nd in 400m at Tyson Invitational (46.36)…2nd at adidas Golden Spike Invitational (47.12)…ran 48.51 in Rome…ranked #7 in world & #2 U.S. by T&FN…best of 48.44 in Paris.
2000:
  Placed 3rd at the Olympic Trials in a PR 48.46...placed 4th at Olympic Games (48.04)...won Slovak Gold Invitational in 49.08 June 22...ranked #7 in world (2nd in U.S.) by T&FN...best of 48.04. 
1999:
 Placed 3rd at NCAA Champs...won MEAC 400H, long jump...ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 49.45. 
1998:
  Best of 50.17.

06/09/08

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