Michael Johnson accused of ‘black racism’ after challenging Tobi Amusan’s world record

Michael Johnson is accused of ‘black racism’ after questioning Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan when she erased the world record in the 100m hurdles – as many athletes set personal bests at World Championships

  • Michael Johnson has been accused of racism after challenging a world record
  • He thinks too many records have been broken, suggesting problems with the clock
  • Nigerian Tobi Amusan beat Kendra Harrison’s 100m hurdles in 2016
  • Amusan broke the previous record of 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Athletics
  • Johnson pointed out that he questioned the times of other riders in addition to Amusan’s

Track legend Michael Johnson has been accused of ‘black racism’ after questioning whether Nigerian sprinter Tobi Amusan’s world record was valid.

The 100-meter hurdles runner broke Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon on Sunday.

BBC pundit Johnson, who won four Olympic golds and eight world championship golds during a distinguished track career, was skeptical of the times recorded by Amusan and others.

‘I don’t think the times of 100h are correct. World record broken by .08! Set of 12 PB. 5 National Records established. And Cindy Sember quotes after her PB/NR “I was running really slow!” All the athletes looked shocked [sic].

‘Heat 2, we were first shown a winning time of 12.53. A few seconds later, it displays 12:43. Rounding by .01 is normal. .10 is not.’

Amusan became world champion in an even faster time later that day at Hayward Field, but the time didn’t count for the records due to a strong tailwind.

Johnson has been accused of being racist for questioning the accuracy of Amusan’s world record of 12.12 seconds.

Michael Johnson has questioned the validity of Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan's world record

Michael Johnson has questioned the validity of Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan’s world record

The BBC pundit and former track star has been charged with

The BBC pundit and former track star has been accused of ‘black racism’ on social media

Amusan shattered Kendra Harrison's 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon

Amusan shattered Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon

A Twitter user responded to Johnson’s comments, writing, “Michael Johnson, are you naturally that stupid or do you have to try hard?”

“Why don’t you channel your energy into recovering from your stroke, black racist!”

“Tobi Amusan is the world record holder and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Another said: ‘Just because it’s not an American WR doesn’t mean the times were incorrect’, while one added: ‘Did you question the record when an American broke the record?”

A Twitter user claimed Johnson may be seeking revenge after the United States was stripped of the 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria won gold instead.

“The USA 4x400m team which had Michael Johnson was stripped of the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal because Antonio Pettigrew confessed he had doped during the competition,” reads the Tweet.

“The Nigerian team finally won the gold medal. Do you understand his bitterness now?

A Twitter user claimed Johnson may be seeking revenge after the United States was stripped of the 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria won gold instead.

A Twitter user claimed Johnson may be seeking revenge after the United States was stripped of the 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria won gold instead.

BBC pundit Johnson was skeptical of the time clocked by Amusan and other athletes

BBC pundit Johnson was skeptical of the time clocked by Amusan and other athletes

Johnson called the backlash he received a

Johnson called the backlash he received ‘unacceptable’ and stressed that he didn’t just question Amusan’s time

Johnson called the backlash he received “unacceptable” and stressed that he was not just questioning Amusan’s time.

He later wrote on his Twitter account, “The level of stupidity being encountered on my feed right now is truly staggering!”

“As a commentator, my job is to commentate. By querying the times of 28 athletes (not 1 athlete) wondering if the timing system was malfunctioning.

“I was assaulted, accused of racism and questioning the talent of an athlete I respect and predicted to win. Unacceptable. I’m moving on.

Johnson won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals during a distinguished track career

Johnson won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals during a distinguished track career

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