James Carter (athlete)

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James Carter
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Medal record
Men's athletics
World Championships
Silver 2005 Helsinki 400 m hurdles

James Carter (born May 7, 1978 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a retired American athlete who competed in the 400 m hurdles. His personal best is 47.43, set during the 2005 World Championships in Athletics where he won the silver medal. Carter enjoyed an outstanding 2007 outdoor season highlighted by his victory at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, where his winning time of 47.72 seconds in the 400m hurdles final was the second-fastest time in the world that season. He showed steady improvements, achieving his first national ranking in 1999 and world ranking in 2000. In 2002 he added his first U.S. title and World Cup gold. His 47.57 at Zurich was the fastest time by an American in 2002. The first Baltimorean in a generation to earn a berth on the U.S. Olympic Team, Carter’s 48.04 to finish fourth in the 2000 Olympic final was his PR until he ran 47.57 in Zurich on August 16, 2002... Carter had a thymus tumor removed from his chest after he was stricken with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease, as a child. The disease weakened him to the extent that he could not pick up a fork to eat…nicknamed ‘Slash’in college for his versatility. He holds the record for most points scored indoor (38) and outdoor (39.5) at the MEAC Conference Championships while competing for Hampton University. High School alma mater Mervo Tech in Baltimore did not have a track while he was a student athlete there earning numerous individual state championships as well as two team state titles as well. Carter had the Olympic rings tattooed on his shoulder after making the 2000 Olympic Team.

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