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Maurice Greene
  • Tabbed the world’s fastest human in 1999
  • Gold medal winner in the 100 meters and 4x100 relay in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Won silver and bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Seven-time champion at the Kansas High School State Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Greene, Maurice

Inducted 2007

Born: July 23, 1974 - Kansas City, KS

Graduated: F.L. Schlagel H.S. (Kansas City, KS), 1993

Overview

Maurice Greene was crowned the world's fastest human in 1999 when he set a world record in the 100-meter dash.  He became an Olympic champion one year later in Sydney, Australia and is a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Greene in High School

While in high school at Kansas City Schlagle, Greene was a seven-time individual champion at the State Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  He won the 100 and 200 three times each, and added the 400 meters his senior year in 1993. He was clocked in 10.2 seconds at 100 meters in high school.

World Championships Highlights

In 1995, Greene took part in his first international competition at the World Championships, but the 1997 season would prove to be his breakthrough year.  At the World Championships in Athens, Greene won the 100-meter title and successfully defended his title in 1999 and 2001.  At the 1999 World Championships, Greene also won the 200 meter title, the first to win both sprint events at a World Championship meet. In 1999, he set the 100-meter world record at 9.79 seconds, beating Donovan Bailey's record of 9.84, and lowering the mark by the largest margin since the advent of electronic timing.  In addition, Greene is the only sprinter to hold the 60 and 100-meter world records at the same time. Greene captured the Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and was a member of the USA 4x100 relay team which also won the gold.  At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greene earned a bronze medal in the 100 and silver as the anchor leg runner on the USA 4x100 relay team.  He has run over 50 sub-10-second 100s during his career, more than any other sprinter in history.


Click here to see Maurice's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech