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Allen Johnson wins at Tyson Invitational

15 February 2008

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Former World and Olympic champion Allen Johnson recovered from a false start to edge Joel Brown and take the 60-meter hurdles at the Tyson Invitational on Friday night.

The 36-year-old American stopped the clock in a time of 7.60 seconds.

"Listening to people and watching the people that came before me, I thought when you hit 33, 35 years old, that you feel significantly different than you do at 25," Johnson said. "So far with me, that’s not been the case."

Johnson, a four-time outdoor world champion, says he’d like another shot at an Olympic medal in Beijing this year. When he won his last one in ‘96, it was hard to imagine he’d still be competing at this level 12 years later.

"I figured 2004, if I was lucky, that would be my last one — if I made it that far," Johnson said. "Here I am, four years after that. I mean, I still feel good."

Brown finished behind his American teammate in 7.64.

World championships bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon impressively won the men’s 200m. He won the event in 20.19, narrowly missing his own American record of 20.10 set in 2005.

"[Tonight] was a great opener, but not what I hoped for," Spearmon said. "When I got to 110, I felt myself start to lag and get a little tired, so I rested a little bit. I should have just pushed through it."

In other results, Trindon Holliday won the men’s 60m event in 6.60. Carmelita Jeter took the women’s 60 in 7.27.

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