Olympic legend Michael Johnson accused of racism for questioning him multiple times at the world championships

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Former US track and field star Michael Johnson has responded to accusations of racism after questioning the accuracy of some of the final times in World Athletics Championships.

Johnson’s suspicions came to light Toby Amosan from Nigeria He set a world record in the semi-finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.12 seconds. She was faster in the finals with the help of the winds. She had placed fourth at the Olympics last year and fourth at the World Championships in 2019.

It wasn’t the record-breaking performance that surprised, but everyone else in the race scored their personal best, according to the New York Times.

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Nigeria’s Toby Amosan, gold medalist, stands during the medal ceremony in the women’s 100m hurdles at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday, July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
(AP Photo/Gregory Poole)

Johnson, from Won four Olympic gold medals In the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relays during his career, he wondered if the hurdle times were correct.

“I don’t think 100 hours are correct. The world record is broken by .08! 12 point set. 5 national record set. And Cindy Simper quotes after her PB/NR ‘I’ve been running slow the whole time!'” “All the athletes looked shocked,” he wrote. “Heat 2, we first appeared that we won with a time of 12.53. A few seconds later it appeared 12.43. Rounding by 0.01 is normal. 10 is not.”

Johnson was met with accusations of being biased towards the Nigerian team.

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Michael Johnson is a multi-time Olympic champion and world long-distance sprint champion, today commented for the BBC on day five of the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field.

Michael Johnson is a multi-time Olympic champion and world long-distance sprint champion, today commented for the BBC on day five of the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field.
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“As a commentator, my job is to comment. In my questioning of the times of 28 athletes (not one athlete) by questioning whether the timing system was broken, I was attacked, accused of racism, and questioning the talent of an athlete I respect and expected to win. Unacceptable. I am moving on.” chirp.

Amosan said after the race that she did not expect to set a world record, but believed in her abilities as a hurdler.

“I believe in my abilities, but I was not expecting a world record in these tournaments,” she said. “The goal is always good execution and a win.”

Nigeria's Toby Amosan celebrates winning the women's 100m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Nigeria’s Toby Amosan celebrates winning the women’s 100m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, July 24, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
(AP Photo/Gregory Poole)

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American Kenny Harrison set the previous record by 0.08 seconds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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