Jude Monye

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Jude Monye
Medal record
Representing  Nigeria
Men’s athletics
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 4x400 m relay
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 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 runners-up Nigeria that Monye raced on, despite the likelihood of it.[3][4]

On 21 July 2012, the 2000 Olympics 4 × 400 m relay medals were reallocated after the USA team was stripped of the gold medal, meaning Monye and Nigeria are the gold medalists.