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.
  • Won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens  in the 100m, as well as a silver in  the 4x100m relay and a bronze in the 200m.
  • Took home 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. 
  • Suffered frostbite on both feet leading up to 2011 World Championships after wearing wet socks into a cryogenic chamber.
  • Came in third, behind Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, in the 100m at the 2012 Olympics in London.
  • Won silver in both the 100m and 200m at the 2015 World Championships.
  • Won silver in the 100m, behind Bolt, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


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


  • Attended University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States; attended St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States


  • Birth Name: Justin Gatlin
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Track sprinter

Trending TonightSee all »