Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson
Birthday: 30/12/1961 Year
Age: 53 year
Place of birth: Falmouth, Canada

Citizenship: Canada

Original name: Benjamin Sinclair Johnson

In 1984, the first ever athlete hit the Canadian Olympic team in athletics. Johnson easily reached the final in the women’s 100 meters, but because of a false start the race finished only third, behind Americans Greddi Sam (Sam Graddy) and Carl Lewis (Carl Lewis). The athlete was also part of the relay race 4×100, the team received a bronze medal.
 
Ben Johnson (Ben Johnson, the full name – Benjamin Sinclair Johnson) was born in 1961 in Falmouth, Jamaica (Falmouth, Jamaica). At age 15, his family moved to the town of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada), where Ben graduated from high school and enrolled at the University of York (York University). It was there that he met Charlie Francis (Charlie Francis), who persuaded Ben to join the team in athletics. The first two silver medals Johnson won in 1982 at the Commonwealth Games (Commonwealth Games), held in Brisbane, Australia (Brisbane, Australia). Despite the success of last year, Ben is not awarded a medal at the World Championships in Athletics in 1983, running a distance of 100 meters only the sixth.
In 1984, the first ever athlete hit the Canadian Olympic team in athletics. Johnson easily reached the final in the women’s 100 meters, but because of a false start the race finished only third, behind Americans Greddi Sam (Sam Graddy) and Carl Lewis (Carl Lewis). The athlete was also part of the relay race 4×100, the team received a bronze medal.
After the end of the season 1984, Ben was one of the best sportsmen of the country at a distance of 100 meters; In August of the same year the athlete broke the record, running the hundred meters to 5 hundredths of a second faster than the famous Percy Williams (Percy Williams), whose record set in 1932, was 10.3 seconds.
The year 1985 was the remarkable fact that Johnson finally broke his opponent’s time for the Olympic Games Carl Lewis, and crossed the 10-second barrier, running the distance in just 9.95 seconds. A year later, the athlete won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games of 1986 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), breaking the record of the Englishman Linford Christie (Linford Christie), constituting 10.07 seconds. In the same year Ben graduated from the team 4×100 relay with a gold medal.
By the time the World Championship in Athletics 1987, Johnson has three rounds of Carl Lewis, and, according to experts, is the best sprinter in the world. In the race for 100 meters athlete easily won the gold medal, setting his first world record in 9.83 seconds.
After the championship, Ben became the most popular and richest athletes in the world; According to head coach, athlete’s monthly salary at the time exceeded 400 thousand dollars. Johnson also won the Lou Marsh (Lou Marsh Trophy) Award and Lionel Conacher Award.
In 1987, Ben was named athlete of the year by the publication ‘Associated Press’ (Associated Press) and was nominated for the title of Officer of the Order of Canada (Officer of the Order of Canada).
It seemed that everyone in the world were happy for Johnson, with the exception of Carl Lewis, who for several years trying to find the cause of Johnson’s victories. First, he complained about the false start, and better living conditions, but soon made a statement that no athlete, no special preparations, can not run the 100-meter distance in less than 10 seconds. Lewis became publicly denounce athletes in the use of illicit drugs; Of course, the first who came under the wrath of the American, became Johnson.
1988 was the first year for Johnson’s unfortunate he suffered several minor injuries, and one of the championships lost to Lewis, finishing only third place. According to experts, Johnson deliberately lost to ward off unnecessary suspicion.
September 24 Ben set a new world record, but three days later the medical board found in the blood of an athlete banned drugs. The athlete did not even try to make excuses, adding that only took doping in order to keep up with the other athletes. Olympic Committee suspended the athlete from participating in the championships for several years.
In 1991, the athlete again began to participate in various athletic competitions, but only two years later, in 1993, he was again caught using doping; This time the sentence was a lifetime ban.
It is known that in the future Johnson worked as a football and track and field coach, but to repeat the success he had never been able to. Now the athlete lives in Canada, spends most of his time with his family, as well as working on the publication of his autobiography ‘Seoul to Soul’.

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