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Michael Johnson accused of ‘black racism’ after questioning Toby Amusan’s world record

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Michael Johnson questioned Nigerian athlete Toby Amusan's world record
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Michael Johnson is being accused of “black racism” after he questioned Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan when she destroyed the world record in the 100m hurdles as so many athletes set personal bests at world championships.

  • Michael Johnson accused of racism after questioning world record
  • He believes that too many records have been broken, indicating problems with the watch.
  • Nigerian Toby Amusan surpassed Kendra Harrison in the 100m hurdles in 2016.
  • Amusan broke the previous record by 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Athletics
  • Johnson noted that he questioned the results of other runners besides Amusan’s time.

Athletics legend Michael Johnson has been accused of “black racism” after he asked if Nigerian sprinter Toby Amusan’s world record was valid.

The 100m hurdler broke Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Oregon on Sunday.

BBC expert Johnson, who has won four Olympic golds and eight world championship golds in his illustrious career on the track, was skeptical of the results shown by Amusan and others.

“I don’t believe 100 hours is correct. The world record has been broken by 0.08! Set 12 PB. Set 5 national records. And Cindy Sember quotes after her PB/NR: “I really ran slow!” All athletes looked shocked [sic].

“In the second run, we were shown the first time to win 12.53. After a few seconds it shows 12.43. Rounding down by 0.01 is normal. 0.10 no.

Amusan became world champion even faster on the same day at Hayward Field, but this time did not count against the records due to a strong tailwind.

Johnson was accused of racism for questioning the accuracy of Amusan’s world record of 12.12 seconds.

Michael Johnson questioned Nigerian athlete Toby Amusan’s world record

The BBC pundit and former athletics star has been accused of 'black racism' on social media.

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

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

Amusan broke 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 by writing: “Michael Johnson are you naturally dumb or do you need to put in the effort?

“Why don’t you put your energy into stroke recovery, you black racist!

“Toby 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 timing was wrong”, while one added “Did you question the record when the American broke the record?”

One Twitter user stated that Johnson may have wanted revenge for the United States being stripped of their 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria taking the gold instead.

“The USA 4x400m team, which included Michael Johnson, was stripped of the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal because Antonio Pettigrew admitted to doping during the competition,” the tweet read.

“In the end, the Nigerian team got the gold medal. Do you understand his bitterness now?

One Twitter user stated that Johnson may have wanted revenge for the United States being stripped of their 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria taking the gold instead.

One Twitter user stated that Johnson may have wanted revenge for the United States being stripped of their 4x100m Olympic title in 2000 and Nigeria taking the gold instead.

BBC pundit Johnson was skeptical about the watches of Amusan and other athletes.

BBC pundit Johnson was skeptical about the watches of Amusan and other athletes.

Johnson called the backlash he received

Johnson called the backlash he received “unacceptable” and pointed out that he was not only questioning Amusan’s time.

Johnson called the backlash he received “unacceptable” and pointed out that he was not only questioning Amusan’s time.

He later wrote on his Twitter account: “The level of stupidity that is now appearing in my feed is truly mind boggling!

“My job as a commentator is to comment. When polling the times of 28 athletes (not 1 athlete), wondering if the timing system is faulty.

“I was attacked, accused of racism and that I questioned the talent of an athlete whom I respect and for whom I predicted victory. Unacceptably. I’m moving on.

Johnson won four Olympic golds and eight World Championship gold medals during his stellar career.

Johnson won four Olympic golds and eight World Championship gold medals during his stellar career.

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