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Allen Johnson
Born: March 1, 1971
 
Allen Johnson, a native of Washington, D.C., is one of the most decorated 110-meter hurdlers of all time. His illustrious career includes four World Championships, three World Indoor titles (60mH), seven national outdoor titles (four of them in consecutive years from 2000-2003), four national indoor titles, a 14-year streak of global top-10 rankings, and an Olympic gold medal from the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Ranked No. 1 by Track & Field News for four years, Johnson ran a record 11 races under 13 seconds. While competing collegiately for the University of North Carolina, he won the 1992 NCAA Championship in the 55mH in a meet-record of 7.07. As a Tar Heel, Johnson set an ACC long jump record and was a four-time conference champion. He still holds school records in the 55mH and 110mH, as well as both indoor and outdoor marks in the long jump. Following his retirement, Johnson coached at both Air Force and the University of South Carolina before taking on his current position as an assistant at the University of Kentucky, where he specializes in sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and relays. Johnson in 1997 won USATF’s Jesse Owens Award, which annually recognizes the top male athlete of the year, and he received the USATF/Visa Humanitarian Award in 1999 after leading a successful fundraiser for a new track surface at his former high school.
 


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