Happy Birthday - May 7: Vols Olympian Lawrence Johnson

Former Tennessee star pole vaulter Lawrence Johnson celebrates his birthday on May 7. "LoJo" graduated from Tennessee in 1996. LoJo began pole vaulting in 1989 and since has records on all stages and led the charge to return the US to the international medal podium with two Olympic appearances including a silver medal performance in Sydney. He is now the Assistant Coach/Pole Vault at the University of South Carolina.

He is best known for winning the Olympic silver medal in 2000, he also won a gold medal at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships and a silver medal at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He is a past American Indoor Record Holder at 19' - 6.5" set March 3, 2001. His personal best jump is 5.98 m, which he achieved in 1996. LoJo has 7 US national title titles and 4 NCAA titles. He still holds many stadium and meet records, as well as Collegiate Records.

LoJo is the first Black Pole Vaulter to Medal and Step on the Podium, he achieved this in the 2000 Olympic games. He is the First Black Pole Vaulter to win in a Major Competition (won silver in Paris in 1997), and the First Black Pole Vaulter to make the Olympic Team in the Pole Vault, he achieved this at the 1996 Olympic Trials.

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