His distinctions began in Athens. It was during the IAAF World Championship held in Athens in 1997 that he won the gold medal. Since then he had been expressing a wish to break the 100m world record. This wish became a reality in 1999. He competed in the "TSIKLITIRIA" 1999 and achieved the amazing 9,79, breaking the previous world record of 9,84 held by the Canadian Donovan Beily who achieved this during the Atlanta Olympic Games .
Maurice Green, "fire-ball from Kansas" as he is called, the phenomenon athlete, took part just a few months after the Athens Grand Prix at the World Championship held in Seville, and won not one but three gold medals at the 100m (9,80), 200m (19.90) and the 4 X 100m (37,59) with the relay team of USA.