Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is a Canadian former sprinter born in Falmouth, Jamaica on December 30, 1961. His first international win was in 1982 at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane where he won two silver medals. In 1984 he won two bronze medals at the 1984 summer Olympics in San Francisco, California. He won one for the 100 meter and one for the 4 x 100 meters relay. In 1986 he won first place in the Goodwill Games, and beat Houston McTear’s world record in the 60 meter. He also won gold at the Commonwealth in Edinburgh in the 100 meter. He was invested as a member of the Order of Canada in 1987 and was awarded the Norton Crowe Award for Male Athlete of the year for 1985. In 1987 he won the Lou Marsh Trophy, the Lionel Conacher Award, and was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year. In 1999 he was hired by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to be a football coach for his son Al-Saadi Gaddafi, who wanted to become a football player in Italy. He was also a trainer for the Argentine football player Diego Maradona. In 2010 he released an autobiography titled Seoul to Soul that he self published.

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