Tim Montgomery

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Tim Montgomery
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1975-01-28) January 28, 1975 (age 39)
Gaffney, South Carolina, USA
Residence Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 metres
College team Blinn Buccaneers
Norfolk State Spartans

Timothy Montgomery (born January 28, 1975) is a former American athlete. In 2005, he was stripped of his records—including a now void 100m world record of 9.78 seconds set in 2002—after being found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs. Since retiring from athletics he has been tried and convicted for his part in a New York–based check fraud scheme and for dealing heroin in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Career[edit]

Born in Gaffney, South Carolina, Montgomery was initially a basketball and football player, before trying out for track.

Montgomery studied at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, and transferred to Norfolk State University in 1994. Located in the Hampton Roads area of the Virginia port city of Norfolk, Norfolk State was known for its strong track program. While in school, he competed in several junior track events, and did well in the sprint and relay events.

Montgomery did not qualify for the 1996 Summer Olympics 100 meters, although he did compete in Atlanta in the heats of the 4 x 100 metres relay team that eventually finished second behind Canada. He qualified for his first major international tournament in 1997, and won the bronze medal at those World Championships, finishing third behind Maurice Greene. Two years later, he came in sixth in the individual final, but did win a gold medal with the US relay team.

Montgomery did not qualify for the individual 100 m at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, though he again ran as an alternate in the heats of the relay event; in the final, the USA won the gold medal.

Montgomery broke Greene's 100 m world record by 0.01 seconds in September 2002. With a tailwind of 2.0 m/s (the maximum allowed), Montgomery ran 9.78. This record was later discredited because of doping.

Steroid scandal and retirement[edit]

Montgomery did not qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics, finishing seventh in the final of the United States Olympic trials. Before the trials, however, he was charged with using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). While he has not returned a positive drug test, according to press reports he testified to the agency that he, along with a number of other prominent athletes (including baseball star Barry Bonds), obtained steroids and human growth hormone from BALCO, a laboratory near San Francisco. The USADA sought a four-year suspension on Montgomery, who appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). On 13 December 2005, the CAS found Montgomery guilty and imposed a two-year ban. On top of the ban, all of Montgomery's results and awards since 31 March 2001, including his former world record, had also been stripped.[1] After the ban was announced, Montgomery announced his retirement.

The investigation also implicated his former partner Marion Jones, winner of the women's 100 metres at the Sydney Games.

On the 24 November 2008, Montgomery admitted to taking testosterone and human growth hormone before the Sydney Games 4 x 100 metres relay, in which he helped claim the gold medal.[2] It remains unclear though how the admission will affect team-mates Jon Drummond, Bernard Williams, Brian Lewis, Maurice Greene and Kenneth Brokenburr. An IOC spokeswoman said the committee would look into the matter as part of its open file on the Balco investigation.

Money laundering charge[edit]

In April 2006, Montgomery was indicted and arrested on fraud charges for his alleged involvement in a money laundering scheme. He is accused of depositing three bogus checks totaling $775,000. Montgomery allegedly received $20,000 for his participation. His former coach, Steve Riddick, was also a defendant in the case.[3]

Riddick is serving a prison term of five years and three months. Marion Jones served a six-month prison term for lying to investigators about the check-fraud scam.

Montgomery pleaded guilty to the charges on April 9, 2007. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison on May 16, 2008.[4]

Heroin arrest[edit]

On May 1, 2008, an indictment was unsealed that accused the 33-year-old sprinter of dealing more than 100 grams of heroin in the Hampton Roads area over the past year, according to The Virginian Pilot, the daily newspaper in Virginia Beach. Montgomery told the newspaper he knew nothing of the accusations and that his arrest was a "total surprise."[5] In October 2008, Montgomery was found guilty and sentenced to five years in jail.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Montgomery has four children including one son, Tim Jr (born 28 June 2003) who was conceived with fellow American sprinter, Marion Jones. He and Jones are no longer partners. In 2009, Montgomery married Jamalee, the mother of another of his children, while in prison.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Maurice Greene
Men's Track & Field ESPY Award
2003
Succeeded by
United States Tom Pappas