Jude Monye

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Jude Monye
Medal record
Competitor for  Nigeria
Men’s athletics
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney 4x400 m relay
World Championships
Bronze 1995 Gothenburg 4x400 m relay

Jude Monye (born November 16, 1973) is a Nigerian athlete who specializes in the 400 metres. He is of Onicha-Ugbo, Delta State of Nigeria origin. Monye came to the United States to attend Mississippi State University, where he obtained a degree in Geology. While attending school, he won the diversity visa lottery and was allowed to become a legal permanent resident of the United States. He became a citizen on February 20, 2004.[1]

His personal best is 45.16, set during the 1995 World Championships in Athletics where he reached the semi final. The same year he won a bronze medal at the All-Africa Games. Monye was a part of the Nigerian team that won the silver medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2000 Olympics. He also competed in the individual contest, but was knocked out in the heats.

Olympics Controversy[edit]

During the 2000 Olympics, the American team won the Gold medal with the Nigerian team finishing second. However, Antonio Pettigrew acknowledged that he had used performance enhancing drugs, along with two other members of the relay team and was therefore stripped of their medal.[2] The awards were not immediately reallocated to the runner ups Nigeria that Monye raced on, despite the liklihood of it.[3][4]

On 21 July 2012, the 2000 Olympics 4x400m relay medals were reallocated after the USA team was stripped of the gold medal, meaning Monye and Nigeria are the gold medalists.