Full name: Derek James Neville Johnson
Height: 5'9" (176 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: January 5, 1933 in Chigwell, Essex, Great Britain
Died: August 30, 2004
Affiliations: Woodford Green AC, Woodford Green (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)
Derek Johnson was Britain's top 800 metre runner of the 1950s. In 1954 he won gold medals in the 880 yards and on the 4×440 yards relay team (with Alan Dick, Peter Higgins, and the non-Olympian Peter Fryer) at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games. In that year he also won the AAA title and finished 4th in the European Championships over 800 metres. In 1955 he broke the British record for the half-mile, recording 1:48.7. At the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he won silver in the 4×440 yards relay (with John Wrighton, John Salisbury, and the non-Olympian Ted Sampson). Johnson also competed in the 440 yards, but was eliminiated in the quarter-finals. In both British Empire and Commonwealth Games he represented England. He entered medical school and continued running but developed tuberculosis in 1959. He spent six months in a sanatorium and had to drop out of medical school. He took up a career with computers, running a computer company, but continued competing and attempted to make the 1964 Olympic team.
Personal Bests: 400 – 47.40y (1958); 800 – 1:46.6 (1957).
|1956 Summer||23||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 800 metres||Great Britain||GBR||2||Silver|
|1956 Summer||23||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay||Great Britain||GBR||3||Bronze|
|1956 Summer||23||Melbourne||Athletics||Great Britain||Final||2||1:47.8||1:47.88|
|1956 Summer||23||Melbourne||Athletics||Great Britain||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||3||QU||1:50.2||1:50.23|
|1956 Summer||23||Melbourne||Athletics||Great Britain||Round One||Heat Five||1||QU||1:50.8||1:50.93|