Cornelius Johnson (athlete)
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||1936 Berlin||High jump|
Born in Los Angeles in 1913, Cornelius ("Corny") Johnson first competed in organized track and field events at Berendo Junior High School. He achieved greater athletic success as a student at Los Angeles High School, competing in the sprint and in the high jump.
At the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932, Johnson, who was then an 18 year old high school student, placed fourth in the high jump under the existing tiebreaker rules. Had the current rules been in force, he would have won the silver medal.
In 1936 Johnson was one of 19 African Americans at the Berlin Olympics, where he won the gold. Johnson's winning height of 2.03m was an Olympic record and he tried unsuccessfully for the world record.
In 1946, while working as a ship's baker on board the Grace Line's "Santa Cruz," Johnson developed bronchopneumonia. En route from the ship to a California hospital, Corny Johnson died, aged only 32.
|1932 Olympics: High Jump (4th)|
|1936 Olympics: High Jump - 2.03 m (1st)|
|1932 AAU: High Jump (1st)|
|1933 AAU: High Jump (1st)|
|1934 AAU: High Jump (1st)|
|1935 AAU: High Jump (1st)|
|1936 AAU: High Jump (1st)|
- "Alpha Athletes at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany". Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
|Men's High Jump World Record Holder
along with Dave Albritton
1936-07-12 – 1937-08-12