Brandon Johnson Finishes Second at World Junior Championships
July 16, 2004
Freshman standout Brandon Johnson finished second in the 400m hurdles at the World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, running a personal-best 48.62. The freshman's time broke the World Junior Meet Record (which was 48.89) to capture the silver medal, but American teammate Kerron Clement came away with the victory, setting the new World Junior Meet Record at 48.51. Johnson's time of 48.62 ranks third all-time on the World Junior list.
Johnson also ran on the gold-medal-winning men's 4x400m relay team which broke the 18-year-old mark of 3:01.90 with a new time of 3:01.09. In his leg of the race, Johnson ran a 45.2 split.
'Today the race was easier for me because I let the race come to me,' said Johnson. 'I got out pretty well since l've been doing what I normally do and not think about hitting any hurdles. This is the greatest feeling since I did not get any further than PAC 10 (championships). This is also a PR so I am extremely excited about that as well.'
Johnson's previous best of 48.85 came at the Pac-10 Championships, where he won the individual title in the hurdles. He also won the West Regional Chamionships and finished 17th overall at the NCAA Championships. Johnson now ranks third all-time at UCLA and holds the freshman record in the 400m hurdles.
For complete results of the 2004 Junior World Championships go to www.iaaf.org