2000 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY
PR: 400m: 46.07 (1999)
Born: October 29, 1976 in Baltimore, Md.
Current Residence: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Walbrook (Baltimore, Md.) '96
Coaches: Ernest Barrett and Chris Parker
Career Highlights: Gold medalist, 1999 World Indoor Champs (4 x 400 relay).
As one of the rare U.S. athletes to make a splash on the world scene having never competed college, Dameon Johnson began the 1999 indoor season in total obscurity and ended it with a world championship gold medal and a world recordhaving failed to make the final at the 1999 USA Indoor Nationals (46.63 in Heat 3), Johnson agreed to travel to Maebashi, Japan for the IAAF World Indoor Championships as a member of the U.S. 4x400-meter relay teamJohnson secured a spot on the team when higher placers in Atlanta declined the triponce in Maebashi, Johnson teamed with Andre Morris, Deon Minor and Milton Campbell for what proved to be a more than formidable U.S. squadMorris lead off and handed the baton to Johnson following a 45.85 opening leg. Johnson, who stopped the clocks in 46.18, handed off to Deon Minor (46.05), who then passed the baton to Milton Campbell who ran a 44.75 anchor legwhen the smoke cleared, the U.S. team had the gold medal and a new world record of 3:02.83. The quartet split $60,000 for their triumph in Japan.
1999: 2nd in trials at USA Indoorsran second leg on U.S. team that set a world indoor record at the World Indoor Champsbest of 46.07.
1998: Best of 47.62i.