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Allen Johnson
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Johnson at 2007 ISTAF Berlin
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1971-03-01) March 1, 1971 (age 52)
Washington, D.C.
Residence Irmo, South Carolina
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 165 lb
Sport Sprint
Event(s) Hurdling
College team North Carolina Tar Heels
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta 110 m hurdles
World Championships
Gold 1995 Gothenburg 110 m hurdles
Gold 1997 Athens 110 m hurdles
Gold 2001 Edmonton 110 m hurdles
Gold 2003 Paris 110 m hurdles
Bronze 2005 Helsinki 110 m hurdles
World Indoor Championships
Gold 1995 Barcelona 60 m hurdles
Gold 2003 Birmingham 60 m hurdles
Gold 2004 Budapest 60 m hurdles
Silver 2008 Valencia 60 m hurdles
IAAF World Cup
Gold 2006 Athens 110 m hurdles
Silver 1994 London 110 m hurdles
Silver 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.


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.

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. 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, competes as a 2014 senior at his alma mater University of North Carolina.


(110 Meter Hurdles unless stated)

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