Lawrence Johnson
Personal information
BornMay 7, 1974 (1974-05-07) (age 49)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Medal record
Men's athletics (track and field)
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Pole vault
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Lisbon Pole vault
Silver medal – second place 1997 Paris Pole vault

Lawrence Johnson (born May 7, 1974) is an American pole vaulter, born in Norfolk, Virginia. He earned the nickname "LoJo" at the University of Tennessee where he won four NCAA titles in the pole vault.[1] LoJo began pole vaulting in 1989 and since has/holds records on all stages and led the charge to return the US to the international medal podium with two Olympic appearances, including a silver medal performance in 2000 Olympic games Sydney.

Lawrence resigned as Assistant Coach/Pole Vault at the University of South Carolina in August 2011 to start an online business.

Lawrence is best known for winning the Olympic silver medal in 2000, he also won a gold medal at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships and a silver medal at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships (First American to bring back a medal in the pole vault in a major competition since 1987). He is the current American Indoor Record Holder at 5.96m (19' - 6.5") set March 3, 2001]. His personal best jump is 5.98m (19' - 7.5"), which he achieved in 1996.

LoJo is one of the USA's most decorated pole vaulters. His accomplishments include 2x HS National Champion, 7x SEC Champion, 4x NCAA Champion, 7x US Champion, World Champion, & Olympic SIlver Medallist. He still holds many stadium and meet records, as well as Collegiate Records.

LoJo is also the first black pole vaulter to medal and step on the podium, which he achieved at the 2000 Olympic games. He is the first black pole vaulter to win in a major competition (won silver in Paris in 1997), and the first black pole vaulter to make the Olympic Team in the Pole Vault, which he achieved at the 1996 Olympic Trials.


Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 8th Pole vault
1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd Pole vault
1997 IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 5th Pole vault
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 2nd Pole vault
2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships Lisboa, Portugal 1st Pole vault


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