Michael Johnson has hit out at ‘dumbassery’ accusations of ‘black racism’ leveled at Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan after he questioned his 100m hurdles world record… and insisted the abuse he received online was ‘unacceptable’.
- Michael Johnson accused of racism after questioning world record
- He thinks many records were broken, indicating problems with the watch
- Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan beats Kendra Harrison in the 100m hurdles in 2016.
- Amusen broke the previous record by 0.08 seconds at the World Athletics Championships
- Johnson pointed out that he questioned the times of other runners besides Amusen’s
Track legend Michael Johnson has hit out at ‘dumbassery’ accusations of ‘black racism’ after he questioned the legitimacy of Nigerian speedster Tobi Amusen’s world record.
The 100-meter hurdler won in 12.12 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on Sunday, breaking Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds.
Johnson took exception to the times recorded in the stadium, where 12 of the 24 athletes posted their best times in the semifinals.
Records were broken in the women’s 100m hurdles semi-finals
Toby Amuson 12.12 WR
Brittany Anderson 12.31 NR
Aaliyah Armstrong 12.43 Bp
Devin Charlton 12.46 NR
Cindy Semper 12.50 NR
Megan Tapper 12.52 Bp
Pia Skrzyszowska 12.62 Bp
Michael Jenneck 12.66 Bp
Ditaji Company 12.70 Bp
Michelle Harrison 12.74 Bp
Mako Fukube 12.82 NR
Marion Fourie 12.93 Bp
*WR – World Record, PB – Personal Best, NR – National Record
The 54-year-old, who has won four Olympic golds and eight World Championship golds during her stellar career, took to Twitter after seeing how many athletes were shocked by their own time.
But he was immediately hit with a backlash, and responded: ‘The level of dumbassery coming into my feed right now is truly staggering!
‘My job as a commentator is to comment. 28 athletes (1 non-athlete) questioned whether there was a time system error.
‘I was attacked, accused of racism and predicted to win for questioning the ability of an athlete I respected. Unacceptable. I’m going.’
Early on, the American wrote: ‘I don’t believe the 100h (100m hurdles) times are perfect.
World record broken in ’08! A set of 12 PBs (personal bests). Has created 5 national records. And Cindy Semper said after her PB/NR (National Record) ‘I thought I was running slow!’ All the athletes were shocked [sic].
‘Heat 2 showed us the first winning time of 12.53. After few seconds it shows 12.43. Rounding down by .01 is normal. .10 No.’
Amusen became world champion at Hayward Field with an even faster time.
Michael Johnson has questioned the validity of Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusen’s world record
BBC pundit and ex-drag star accused of ‘black racism’ on social media
But fans on social media were unhappy with Johnson for mentioning Amazon’s world record, with one accusing him of ‘black racism’.
A Twitter user calling himself SlimDaddy wrote: ‘Michael Johnson are you naturally this dumb or do you have to try?
‘Why don’t you put your energy into recovering from your stroke, black racist!
‘Toby Amusen is a world record holder and there’s nothing you can do about that.’
Another said: ‘Just because there was no American WR doesn’t mean the timing was wrong,’ while another added: ‘Did you question the record when the American broke it?’
Amusen destroyed Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
One Twitter user suggested that Johnson may have sought revenge after the United States stripped him of the 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria won the gold instead.
Athletic fans have attacked Johnson for questioning the accuracy of Amusen’s timing.
Johnson labeled the backlash he received ‘unacceptable’ and pointed out that he wasn’t just questioning Amusen’s timing.
One Twitter user suggested Johnson – who now commentates for the BBC – may have been seeking revenge after the United States were stripped of the 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria won gold instead.
The U.S. 4×400-meter team featuring Michael Johnson was stripped of its Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal after Antonio Pettigrew admitted to doping during the race.
In the end, the Nigerian team was awarded the gold medal. Do you understand his bitterness now?’
Johnson won four Olympic golds and eight World Championship golds in a stellar career
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