Fast Facts

  • Enjoyed jumping over sidewalk fire hydrants while growing up in New York, leading to his start in track-and-field as a hurdler.
  • Sprinted to the 2004 Olympic gold medal in the 100m, as well as a 100m-200m double gold at the 2005 World Championships. 
  • Banned from competition for four years in 2006 following a positive drug test after a meet in Kansas. Gatlin's then-world-record-tying 9.77 100m, run in Qatar a month after the positive test, was nullified.
  • Aspired to play in the NFL during his ban, working out for the Texans, Buccaneers and Titans. No team signed him.
  • Appeared on Spike TV's Pros vs. Joes, racing "average Joes." 
  • Suffered frostbite on both feet leading up to 2011 World Championships after wearing wet socks into a cryogenic chamber.
  • Blazed his way to the 60m gold at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, signaling his readiness for the Olympic year.


  • Terry Gatlin — Sister
  • Willie Gatlin — Father
  • Jeanette Gatlin — Mother
  • Nikki Gatlin — Sister
  • Bobby Gatlin — Brother


  • Attended University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; and St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, NC


  • Birth Name: Justin Gatlin
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Birthday: February 10, 1982, Aquarius
  • Profession: Track sprinter

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