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Cullen Jones Biography

Birth Name:
Cullen Andrew Jones
Birth Place:
Bronx, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Learned to swim after nearly drowning at a water park at age 5
  • Became the first African-American man to win a gold medal at the World University Games in 2005
  • Was an NCAA champion at North Carolina State University in 2006
  • Won a gold medal in the 4x100 free relay at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships
  • Won gold in the 4x100m free relay at the 2008 Olympic Games, becoming only the second African-American to win gold (after Anthony Ervin in 2000)
  • Took home gold at the 2012 Olympics in London as a member of the 400m medley relay team and won silver in both the 50m free and 400m free relay
  • Bronze medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games in the 400m free relay
  • Works to help children learn to swim with the Make a Splash foundation


  • Ron Jones -- Father
  • Rupi Desai -- Fiancée
  • Debra Jones -- Mother