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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is an Jamaican born Canadian retired sprinter. He is best known for winning Gold in 100 m at the 1988 summer Olympics. He also set the record for the fastest 100 m run with 9.79 seconds. His gold medal and records were rescinded for doping.

Ben Johnson was born on December 30, 1961, in Falmouth, Jamaica, Johnson immigrated to Canada in 1976, residing in Scarborough, Ontario. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, he reached the 100 m final; after false starting, he won the bronze medal behind Carl Lewis and Sam Graddy with a time of 10.22. On September 24, 1988, Johnson became the first sprinter from Canada since Percy Williams in 1928 to win the 100m final at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, lowering his own world record to 9.79 seconds. However, he tested positive for banned substances and was disqualified and Carl Lewis becoming the new gold medalist.

Ben Johnson briefly acted as trainer for Argentine football player Diego Maradona in 1997. This occurred at York University, Toronto. At present, Johnson lives in Markham, Ontario and spends much of his time with his daughter and granddaughter.

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