Collegians With Outdoor World Champs Gold Medals

(compiled by Tom Lewis)

There are 13 athletes who belong to a very special club: during a calendar year in which they were collegians they also won a World Championships gold medal outdoors (this compilation does not address indoors).

11 of the 13 were NCAA champions. Of the other 2, Donald Thomas was 3rd in the NCAA and Ryan Brathwaite was the National JC champ.

The 13 athletes who have turned the trick, through the ’23 WC:

Year Athlete Nation School Class Event
1987 Abdi Bile Somalia George Mason Jr 1500
1991 Samuel Matete Zambia Auburn Sr 400 Hurdles
1995 John Godina USA UCLA Sr Shot
2003 Perdita Felicien Canada Illinois Sr 100 Hurdles
2005 Tianna Madison USA Tennessee So Long Jump
2007 Donald Thomas Bahamas Auburn Sr High Jump
2009 Ryan Brathwaite Barbados Barton County So 110 Hurdles
2011 Christian Taylor USA Florida Jr Triple Jump
Kirani James Grenada Alabama So 400
2013 Brianna Rollins USA Clemson Jr 100 Hurdles
2015 Shawn Barber Canada Akron Jr Pole Vault
2019 Grant Holloway USA Florida Jr 110 Hurdles
Anderson Peters Grenada Mississippi State So Javelin