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Roger Vivian Johnson (born 10 December 1943) is a record-holding 400-meter hurdler who represented New Zealand in the 1968 (Mexico City) and 1972 (Munich) Olympic Games. He also represented New Zealand in the 1966 (Kingston), 1970 (Edinburgh), and 1974 (Christchurch) Commonwealth Games.

Johnson's fastest 400-meter hurdle time of 49.7 was set on 15 April 1972 in Los Angeles. This held the New Zealand record for 42 years, until it was broken by Michael Cochrane in 2014.

Johnson was co-captain of the NCAA Champion UCLA track team in 1967.[1] (alongside Ron Copeland and Tom Jones[2])

Born in Dunedin, New Zealand,[3] Johnson is the son of Ossie Johnson and Lorna Waddell, also successful athletes (triple-jump[4] and swimming, respectively).[failed verification]

Date Competition Country Cat. Type Nr. Place Result[5] Score
15 April 1972 Los Angeles USA F 2 49.7h 1132
31 August 1972 Munich Olympic Games GER H 5 4 50.48 1102
13 October 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games MEX OW H 2 2 51.39 1059
1 December 1973 Christchurch NZL F 1 51.4h 1052
14 October 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games MEX OW SF 2 7 51.87 1037

In addition to being an accomplished athlete, Johnson is well respected in the field of operations management. After receiving his PhD from the Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 1973, Johnson joined the faculty of the University of Otago in New Zealand, and was promoted to the dean of commerce from 1976 to 1979.[6] In 1980, Johnson went on to be an associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Business, and an associate professor of operations management at the University of Michigan School of Business Administration. His research interests include assembly-line balancing and management, project management, branch-and-bound methods, facility layout, and flexible manufacturing systems. Johnson's work has been published in Management Science, Decision Sciences, and the International Journal of Production Research.

Johnson now resides with his family in Scotland.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Former Bruin Track & Field Athlete Tom Jones Passes Away". Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Roger Johnson Bio, Stats, and Results". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Profile of Roger JOHNSON -". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Otago University Research archive" (PDF). Retrieved 30 April 2017. (subscription required)