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Derek Johnson

Full name: Derek James Neville Johnson
Gender: Male
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: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
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

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 3 3:07.2 3:07.19 46,5
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:08.8 3:08.76