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Justin Gatlin Biography

Professional Sprinter
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“I am sincerely remorseful and it continues to be my mission to be a positive role model mentoring to athletes to avoid the dangers and public and personal humiliation of doping. And the harm it brings to the sport of athletics.

I have cooperated fully with the United States federal investigation to clean up our sport of track and field working towards it becoming drug free.”

Letter of apology to the International Association of Athletics Federations following a doping ban in 2010, as quoted in the Aug. 30, 2015 article written by Sean Ingle and published at

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professional Sprinter, 2002-present
  • Recipient, World Outdoor Championship silver medal, 100 meters and 200 meters, 2015
  • Recipient, Olympic bronze medal, 100-meter dash, 2012 (London)
  • Recipient, Jesse Owens Award, 2004 and 2005
  • Recipient, Olympic gold medal, 100-meter dash, 2004 (Athens)
  • Recipient, Olympic silver medal, 4×100 meter relay, 2004 (Athens)
  • Recipient, Olympic bronze medal, 200-meter dash, 2004 (Athens)
  • Attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2000-2002
  • Graduated, Woodham High School, Pensacola, Florida, 2000
  • Born Feb. 10, 1982
  • Won six NCAA titles competing for the University of Tennessee
  • Received doping bans in 2001 and 2006
  • Member of the United States relay team that was stripped of its gold medal after teammate Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Teammates of Athletes Who Are Found Guilty of Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs in the Olympics Also Return Their Medals?