Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson

Position:
Volunteer Coach (Hurdles)

Experience:
7th year


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Olympic gold medalist Allen Johnson is in his seventh year with the Gamecocks as a volunteer coach. He works with the hurdlers. He is a member of Speed Elite.

In 2002, he ran the 110m hurdles at USA's and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the world. Indoors, he won the 60m hurdles title at Nationals.

In 2001, Johnson was the champion in the 110m hurdles at the U. S. Nationals and World Championships. Johnson finished fourth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Johnson was named the USATF Jesse Owens Award winner three years ago after winning two gold medals at the 1997 World Championships (110 hurdles and 4x400m relay). Johnson was the only double gold medal winner at the Championships.

The gold medalist in the 110 m hurdles at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Johnson also set the Olympic record in that race.

Johnson, 30, is the only hurdler ever to run under 13.00 three times in the same year. Johnson holds the American record at 12.92, just .01 off the world record. He began competing in the 200 meters in 1998 and a ran a personal best of 20.26.

Johnson came to USC after a brief stint as a volunteer coach at North Carolina. He owns the school records in the 55 m hurdles, 110 meter hurdles and the long jump. Johnson was the NCAA Champion in the 55 m hurdles in 1992, a four-time ACC Champion and four-time All-American.

Born in Washington D.C., Johnson attended Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Va.