LaTasha Colander

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LaTasha Colander
LaTasha Colander Sydney 2000.JPEG
LaTasha Colander, Sydney 2000
Personal information
Born August 23, 1976 (1976-08-23) (age 40)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.

LaTasha Colander (born August 23, 1976 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for the United States. She is a 2004 Olympic Trials 100 m Champion; two-time U.S. 400 m champion (’00, ’01); World Record Holder, 4 × 200 m relay; 1994 USA Juniors champion (100 H); 2nd, 1994 World Junior Champs (100 H). She was awarded a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics 4 × 400 m, but this medal was later stripped due to doping admissions by teammate Marion Jones. She and 6 other members of the 2000 team would successfully appeal the IOC's decision to strip them of their 2000 medals in July 2010.[1]

She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She missed the 2001 World Championships due to a quadriceps injury. She transformed herself from a junior hurdles champion to a two-time US champion at 400 m. In 2003, she shifted gears by concentrating on the 100 m and in 2004 she won the US Olympic Trials over the short sprint. In 2000 she established the LC Treasures Within Foundation – a foundation with the mission to strengthen kids, families and the world through education, sports and spirituality.

In August 2005 she was fifth in the 200 meters at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics.

She was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 100m hurdles 13.30 (wind: +0.5 m/s)
4×100m relay DQ
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia quarter-finals 400 m 52.07
1st 4 × 400 m 3:22.62
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 8th 100 m 11.18
4 × 100 m DNF
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 200 m 22.66


  1. ^ "US relay runners win Olympic medals appeal". ESPN. Associated Press. April 10, 2008. 

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