Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson

Event: 800m
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
PR: 1:43.84 (2013)
Born: 03/02/1985
Current Residence: Riverside, CA
Hometown: Orange, TX
High School: West Orange Stark
College: UCLA

USATF Championships
Third at 2013 USATF Outdoor Championships 800m (1:43.97)
International Championships
2004 World Junior Championships 400m hurdles silver medalist (48.62) and 4x400m gold medalist (3:01.09)

Collegiate Championships
2007 NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles runner-up (49.02)

A career spent mostly in the 400m hurdles, Brandon Johnson rolled the dice and took a shot at the 800m over the past few seasons and it paid off in 2013 with a spot on Team USA for the World Outdoor Championships. In a fast race in Des Moines, Johnson came across the finish line third behind Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds as seven men ran under the world championships “A” standard. Johnson had previously found success in the 400m hurdles, advancing to the finals of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Born in Manheim, Germany, Johnson pursued an English degree at UCLA. He is one of four brothers in his family with one brother, Derrick, having played in the National Football League.

Events & Rankings:Results
7th place in the 800m at Shanghai (1:46.67); 
3rd at Rieti (1:44.55); 1st at Brussels B race (1:45.45); 3rd at Berlin (1:45.12); 9th at Zurich (1:47.95); 3rd in semifinal at World Outdoors (1:44.89); 3rd at London (1:44.19); 2nd at Luzern (1:46.41); 5th at Lausanne (1:45.03); 3rd at USA Outdoors (1:43.97); 1st at Payton Jordan (1:46.47)
2012: 1st at Mt. SAC Relays 800m (1:46.84); 1st at Los Angeles Oxy Invitational 800m (1:46.59); 1st at Los Angeles USATF High Performance Meet 800m (1:46.61); 5th in heats at USA Outdoor Championships 800m (1:48.82)
2011: 1st at Sacramento American River Invitational 400m hurdles (55.92)
2009: 6th at Cardson adidas Track Classic 400m hurdles (50.49); 2nd at New York Reebok Grand Prix 400m hurdles (50.12); 7th at USA Outdoor Championships 400m hurdles (50.73)
2008: 2nd at Carson adidas Track Classic 400m hurdles (49.62); 6th at U.S. Olympic Team Trials 400m hurdles (48.72); 4th in Monaco 400m hurdles (49.07); 8th at Gateshead 400m hurdles (51.19)
2007: PAC-10 Outdoor 400m hurdles champion (50.03); NCAA Outdoor 400m hurdles runner-up (49.02); 8th in semi-finals 400m hurdles at USA Outdoors (50.23)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: Outdoor bests -- 800m, 1:43.84 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 8 in the World, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN) 
2012: Outdoor bests – 800m, 1:46.23
2011: Outdoor bests – 400m hurdles, 54.64
2009: Outdoor bests – 400m hurdles, 50.12
2008: Outdoor bests – 400m hurdles, 48.68
2007: Outdoor bests – 800m, 1:50.85