Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson 2007.jpg
Johnson at 2007 ISTAF Berlin
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1971-03-01) March 1, 1971 (age 51)
Washington, D.C.
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
Sport
SportSprint
Event(s)Hurdling
College teamNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 110 m hurdles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Gothenburg 110 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 1997 Athens 110 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 2001 Edmonton 110 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris 110 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Helsinki 110 m hurdles
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Barcelona 60 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 2003 Birmingham 60 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 2004 Budapest 60 m hurdles
Silver medal – second place 2008 Valencia 60 m hurdles
IAAF World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2006 Athens 110 m hurdles
Silver medal – second place 1994 London 110 m hurdles
Silver medal – second place 2002 Madrid 110 m hurdles

Allen Kenneth Johnson (born March 1, 1971) is an American former hurdling athlete who won the gold medal in the 110 metre hurdles at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a four-time world champion.

Born in Washington, D.C., an all-round athlete, Johnson attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and excelled at high jump, long jump and decathlon as well as hurdles. He was the 1992 NCAA Indoor Champion for 55 meter hurdles but did not win the outdoor championship.

Career

Johnson was troubled by injury in 2000 but still made the final at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, just missing out on adding to his medal collection by finishing fourth.

2003 in the Stade de France, saw Johnson win his fourth IAAF World Championships in Athletics 110 m hurdles title when he beat Terrence Trammell into second to overtake the three world championship gold medals that Greg Foster had won at the event.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics he tripped over a hurdle in the 2nd preliminary round and was unable to finish the race and reach the final. He was however ranked world's number 1 throughout 2004's season.

Johnson was trained by Curtis Frye, at the University of South Carolina where he served as a volunteer assistant coach. Formerly, the sprint and hurdles coach at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, Johnson is now the Assistant Head Coach at the North Carolina State University under Rollie Geiger.[1][2]

His personal best is 12.92 seconds, only 0.01 seconds short of the then-world record held by Colin Jackson. Johnson has legally finished 11 races in less than 13 seconds, more than anyone else so far.[3] His 12.96 (+0.4) set while winning the 2006 IAAF World Cup at age 35, is the Masters M35 World Record. Johnson officially retired in July 2010, at the age of 39. Daughter, Tristine Johnson,[4] competes as a 2014 senior[5] at his alma mater University of North Carolina.

Achievements

(110 Meter Hurdles unless stated)

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 26, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "IAAF All-time Top List 110 metres hurdles". Archived from the original on January 1, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2006.
  4. ^ "Tristine Johnson - Track & Field". Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Tristine Johnson profile at TFRRS
Sporting positions Preceded by Colin Jackson Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance 1995 — 1998 Succeeded by Mark Crear Preceded by Mark Crear Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance 2000 — 2001 Succeeded by Anier García Preceded by Anier García Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance 2003 Succeeded by Liu Xiang