Timothy Montgomery (born January 25, 1975) is a former American athlete. He was stripped of his records 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.
Born in Gaffney, South Carolina
, Montgomery was initially a basketball
player, before trying out for track. His nickname growing up was "Tiny Tim".
Montgomery studied at Blinn Junior 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.
The greatest moment in Montgomery's career came in September 2002, as he broke Greene's 100 m world record by 0.01 seconds. With a tailwind of 2.0 m/s (the maximum allowed), Montgomery ran 9.78 to earn the title of world record-holder and "fastest man on earth." This record would later be officially discredited because of doping (see below).
Montgomery has four children including one son, Tim Jr (born 28 June, 2003) who was conceived with fellow American sprinter, Marion Jones
. However, he and Jones are no longer partners.
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
, 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. After the ban was announced, Montgomery announced his retirement.
He investigation also implicated his former partner Marion Jones, winner of the women's 100 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympic games.
Money laundering scandal
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, Steven Riddick
, was also a defendant in the case.
Riddick is serving a five-year prison term. Marion Jones is serving a six-month prison term for lying to investigators about the check-fraud scam and using steroids.
Montgomery plead guilty to the charges on April 9, 2007. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison on May 16th, 2008.
On May 1
, an indictment was unsealed that accused the 33-year-old sprinter of dealing more than 100 grams of heroin in the Virginia Beach area over the past year, according to The Virginian Pilot,
the daily newspaper in Virginia Beach, Va. Montgomery told the newspaper he knew nothing of the accusations and that his arrest was a "total surprise.
In October Montgomery was found guilty and sentenced to five years in jail.