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James Carter (hurdler)

James Carter
James Carter
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born (1978-05-07) May 7, 1978
Baltimore, MD, USA
Residence Durham, NC, USA
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 meter hurdles
College team Hampton Pirates
Club Nike

James Carter (born May 7, 1978 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American athlete who competed in 400 m hurdles. His personal best of 47.43 was set during the 2005 World Championships in Athletics where he won the silver medal. He is currently the 13th fastest ever in the world and 9th fastest ever in the USA. Carter is a 3 time USA champion (2002, 2004, 2007) and two time Olympic finalist competing in the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics.


  • Early life 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Achievements 3
    • Personal bests 3.1
  • External links 4

Early life

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Carter grew up competing in track & field on the age group level. At the age of 12 he was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis which left him unable to run, walk and sometimes chew his food. He soon had surgery to have a tumor removed from his chest and was able to return to the sport of track and field. In high school he attended Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School (commonly referred to as Mervo) where had success winning multiple state championships while competing in sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays. He received All-Metro performer of the year honors and was named Gatorade athlete of the year in the state of Maryland his junior and senior years of high school. He went on to attend Hampton University where he became a 2 time national all-american in the 400 hurdles placing 7th at the NCAA national championships in 1998 and 3rd in 1999. He also currently holds the school indoor record in the Triple Jump and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference records for most points scored in the conference meet. (38 points indoor and 39.5 outdoor)

Personal life

Son of James Sr. and Marilyn Knight. Carter has two children; Taleya his daughter and Tamere his son. Currently resides in Durham, NC where he coaches and mentors young kids in the sport of track and field. He has helped numerous athletes become national All-Americans on the age group, high school and collegiate level.


Personal bests

Event Best Location Date
60 metres 6.74 (indoors) Chapel HIll, NC 9 February 2007
200 metres 21.03 (indoors) State College, PA 31 January 2004
200 metres 20.80 Baltimore, MD 17 April 1996
400 metres 46.36 (indoors) Fayetteville, AR 10 February 2001
400 metres 46.21 Durham, NC 7 April 2001
400 metres hurdles 47.43 Helsinki, Finland 9 August 2005
800 metres 1:53.50 Gainesville, FL 28 March 2003

External links

  • James Carter profile at IAAF
  • James Carter's USATF bio

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