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Kibwé Johnson has established himself as one of America's all-time best hammer throwers after recording one of the top two throws in the country in nine of the last ten years and has won three USA Outdoor titles and two spots on World Championship teams and an Olympic team. His winning toss of 80.31m/263'9" at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships was the best mark by an American hammer thrower since 2000. His Olympic Final appearance was the first by an American in almost 20 years.
Former Soviet Olympic champion and world record holder, Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk coaches Kibwé and his wife, Crystal Smith Johnson. Crystal, now retired, was herself a former Canadian record holder.
Kibwé's college career started at the University of Georgia where he was primarily a discus thrower. During his time in Athens, he began to shift his focus from discus to the hammer throw. He left Georgia to continue his academic and track careers at Ashland University. Kibwé graduated from Ashland with a degree in Sports Management and Coaching. Johnson and his wife have one daughter, born in April 2012 and are expecting another child this August.
Hammer - 80.31m/263'9"
Discus - 65.11m/213'6"
Weight Throw - 25.12m/82'5"
Three-time USA Outdoor champion - 2011 (80.31m/263'9"); 2012; 2014
2010 USA Outdoor runner-up
2008 USA Indoor champion (25.12m/82'5")
2007 USA Outdoor runner-up (75.12m/246'5")
2006 USA Indoor runner-up (23.72m/77'10")
2012 London Olympic finalist
2011 World Championships - Daegu, Korea
2011 Pan-American Games gold medalist (79.63m/261'3")
2007 World Championships - Osaka, Japan
2007 Pan-American Games runner-up
Awards and Honors
NCAA Division II Record - WT (25.08m/82'3")
NCAA Division II Champion - DT, HT, WT
Unofficial World Record DT/HT Combo
Pan-American Games Championship Record (79.63m/261-3)