There is no secret.


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 14 of his last 15 years, with an incredible 13 straight years over 75m. He has won four USA Outdoor titles and five spots on World Championship teams and two Olympic teams. 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 nearly 20 years. 

Not to mention, Kibwé started out as a discus thrower. Through great mentorship, Kibwé grew into the most versatile thrower of this generation, and among the very best of all time. 

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 two daughters, born in April 2012 and September 2015.

Currently, Kibwé is USATF mHT Liaison, USATF mThrows Event Leader, and Head of Throws and Recruiting Coordinator at the prestigious IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Florida. 



Personal Bests

Hammer - 80.31m/263'9"

Discus - 65.11m/213'6"

Weight Throw - 25.12m/82'5"

USA Championships
Four-time USA Outdoor Champion - 2011; 2012; 2014; 2015

2016 Olympics Trials runner-up
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")

Major International Championships
2017 World Championships - London

2016 Rio Olympic Games

2015 World Championships - Beijing

2015 Pan-American Games gold Medallist - Toronto

2014 Continental Cup - Team Americas

2012 London Olympic Games

2011 World Championships - Daegu, Korea
2011 Pan-American Games gold medalist - Guadalajara

2007 World Championships - Osaka, Japan
2007 Pan-American Games runner-up - Rio de Janeiro

Awards and Honors

Olympic Finalist - 8th 

NCAA Division II Record - WT (25.08m/82'3")

NCAA Division II Champion - DT, HT, WT

All-Time World Best DT/HT/WT Combo 

Pan-American Games Championship Record (79.63m/261-3)