The reigning world champion in the 400m, Jerome Young, failed to qualify for the Olympics.
Born: August 14, 1976
Country: United States of America
Event: Track and Field
2000 Sydney Games: 4x400m relay gold medalist
2003 World Indoor Championship: 1st in 400m
2003 World Championship: 1st in 4x400 Relays
2001 World Championship: 1st in 4x400 Relays
1997 World Championship: 1st in 4x400 Relays
World champion Jerome Young failed to qualify for the Games at Athens. In July he had tested positive for the banned drug EPO, which might cost the US relay team its gold medal from the Sydney Olympics.
He had come to the spotlight at the 2003 World Championship where he clocked 44.50 seconds in the 400m final to cause a major upset and winning his first individual gold medal in a grand way.