Allen Kenneth Johnson
(born March 1, 1971) is a retired hurdling athlete
and won Olympic Gold in the 110 metre high hurdles at the 1996 games
in Atlanta, Georgia
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
as well as hurdles.
Johnson was troubled by injury in 2000 but still made the final at the 2000 Summer Olympics
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 is trained by Curtis Frye
, at the University of South Carolina
where he serves as a volunteer assistant coach. He resides in Irmo, South Carolina
His personal best is 12.92 seconds, only 0.01 seconds short of the then-world record held by Colin Jackson
, and 0.05 short of the current record of Dayron Robles
. Johnson has legally finished 11 races in less than 13 seconds, more than anyone else so far. Johnson officially retired in July 2010, at the age of 39.
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