Tyree Washington

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Tyree Washington
Tyree Washington at the 2012 CCCAA State Championships
Personal information
Born (1976-08-28) August 28, 1976 (age 44)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
Country United States
SportMen's athletics
Coached byBlackman Ihem
Medal record
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris 400 m
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Athens 400 m
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Birmingham 400 m
Gold medal – first place 2003 Birmingham 4×400 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2006 Moscow 4×400 m relay
Goodwill Games
Silver medal – second place 1998 New York 200 m
Silver medal – second place 1998 New York 400 m
Updated on April 30, 2012.

Tyree Washington (born August 28, 1976) is a retired American sprinter.

Born in Riverside, California, Washington attended both La Sierra High School and San Bernardino Valley College.

His coach during 2003 was Antonio Pettigrew,[1] who ran alongside Washington, Michael Johnson and Jerome Young in breaking the 4 × 400 metres world record in 1998 with a time of 2:54.20. However, both Young and Pettigrew were later found to have violated doping regulations during their careers, and the IAAF now list the 1993 US quartet of Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Butch Reynolds and Michael Johnson as the world record holders.[2]

At the 2003 World Championships, Washington originally finished first in the 4 × 400 metres relay with Young, Calvin Harrison and Derrick Brew; and second in the 400 m behind Young. Calvin Harrison was found guilty of a doping violation (modafinil) in June 2003, leading to the quartet being stripped of the 4 × 400 m medals. Young was given a lifetime ban for a second offence in 2004; this was applied retrospectively to 1999 (Young's first failed test) in 2008, leading to Washington being awarded the gold medal.[3]

His last major win was at the 2006 world indoor championships. He retired in 2008[3] after failing to qualify at the US Olympic trials.[4]


Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.41 Azusa, California, United States April 9, 2005
200 meters 20.09 Edwardsville, Illinois, United States May 22, 1999
400 meters 44.28 Los Angeles, California, United States May 12, 2001
  • All information from IAAF Profile[5]

Competition record[edit]

    • 1997 Junior College State Champion 400 meters (Fresno, Ca); Junior College State Champion 400 meters (Fresno, Ca); Junior College State Record Holder 200 meters; Junior College State Record Holder 400 meters; Junior College National Record Holder 400 meters (Bakersfield, Ca).
    • World ChampionshipsAthens, Greece.
    • 1998 Goodwill Games Silver medalist 400 meters (New York); Goodwill Games Silver medalist 200 meters (New York)
  • 2003
  • 2006

He ran the fastest time in 2001 (44.28 seconds) and again in 2003 (44.33 seconds).



  1. ^ Johnson, Michael (August 26, 2003). "My retirement idea was wrong". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/records/inout=O/discType=5/disc=4X4/detail.html
  3. ^ a b "Tyree Washington to get his gold deserts at last". The Guardian. London. June 21, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Results". USA Track & Field. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Tyree Washington biography". IAAF. Retrieved June 15, 2009.

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