Michael Johnson has been accused of “black racism” after Nigerian sprinter Toby Amosan was questioned when she overturned the world record in the 100m hurdles – as massive numbers of athletes posted personal bests at the world championships.
- Michael Johnson accused of racism after questioning a world record
- Nigeria’s Toby Amosan Kendra Harrison smashes the 100m hurdles 2016
- Amosan broke the previous record by 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Athletics
- Johnson indicated that he had questioned the times of the other contestants besides Amosan
Track legend Michael Johnson has been accused of “black racism” after he questioned whether Nigeria’s world record holder Toby Amosan was true.
The 100-meter hurdles smashed Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Oregon on Sunday.
BBC critic Johnson, who won four Olympic golds and eight World Championships golds in his football career, questioned the time Amosan scored.
I don’t think 100 hours is correct. The world record broken by .08! A group of 12 PBs. 5 National Records Collection. Cindy Semper was quoted after her PB/NR “I’ve been running slow!” All the athletes looked shocked [sic].
“Heat 2, it debuted that we won with a time of 12.53. After a few seconds it shows 12.43. Rounding by 0.01 is normal. ..10 is not.
Amusan became the world champion at a faster time later in the day at Hayward Field, but the time didn’t count toward the records due to the massive tailwind.
Johnson was accused of racism for casting doubt on the accuracy of the 12.12-second Amosanne world record time.
Michael Johnson questioned the authenticity of Nigerian athlete Toby Amosan’s world record
BBC critic and former track star accused of ‘black racism’ on social media
Amosan beat Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08sec at the IAAF World Championships in Oregon.
One Twitter user responded to Johnson’s comments, writing: Michael Johnson, are you naturally stupid or should you make an effort?
“Why don’t you direct your energy to recover from your stroke, elemental black!
“Toby Amosan is the world record holder and there is nothing you can do about it.”
Another said, “Just because it’s not a report on the American war doesn’t mean the times were wrong,” while one added, “Did you question the record when an American broke the record?”
Johnson, a BBC critic, was skeptical about the time Amosanne and other athletes scored
Johnson described the backlash he received as “unacceptable” and indicated that he not only questioned Amosan’s time.
Johnson called the backlash he received “unacceptable” and noted that he not only questioned Amosan’s time.
He later wrote on his Twitter account: “The level of stupidity that appears in my feed now is really amazing!
As a commentator, my job is to comment. In questioning the times of 28 athletes (not a single athlete) by asking if the timing system is broken.
I was attacked and accused of racism and questioning the talent of an athlete I respect and expected to win. unacceptable. I’m on the move.’
Johnson won four Olympic golds and eight World Championships golds on a stellar path