Allen Johnson

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Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson 2007.jpg
Johnson at 2007 ISTAF Berlin
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1971-03-01) March 1, 1971 (age 47)
Washington, D.C.
Residence Irmo, South Carolina
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Sport Sprint
Event(s) Hurdling
College team North Carolina Tar Heels

Allen Kenneth Johnson (born March 1, 1971) is a retired American 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.


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] 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.


(110 Meter Hurdles unless stated)


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  3. ^ IAAF All-time Top List 110 metres hurdles
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  5. ^ Tristine Johnson profile at TFRRS

External links

  • Works by Allen Johnson at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Allen Johnson at Internet Archive
  • Biography at USA Track & Field
  • Allen Johnson's U.S. Olympic Team bio
  • Allen Johnson profile at IAAF
  • Curtain draws on career of 7-time World champion Johnson, article from IAAF
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United Kingdom Colin Jackson
Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance
1995 — 1998
Succeeded by
United States Mark Crear
Preceded by
United States Mark Crear
Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance
2000 — 2001
Succeeded by
Cuba Anier García
Preceded by
Cuba Anier García
Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
China Liu Xiang
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