Aliyah Johnson

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Aliyah Johnson
Personal information
Born (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 25)
Tampa, Florida
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
SportHeptathlon, Long Jump & Triple Jump
Updated on August 2013.

Aliyah Johnson (born 16 December 1996 in Tampa, Florida) is a Australian heptathlete, triple jumper[1][2] and long jumper . She is the reigning Australian Under 18 Heptathlon, Triple Jump and Long Jump Champion. She trains in Brisbane with Gary Bourne along side Mitchell Watt and Henry Frayne.

Johnson placed a commended fourth in the girls heptathlon at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics. She is an all-round strong performer in the heptathlon, with particular strengths in the hurdles and long jump events.


In 2012, Aliyah won 3 medals the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney, Australia. Gold in the U17 Long Jump with a personal best leap of 5.90m, Gold in the U17 Triple Jump with a personal best of 12.70m, and Silver in the U17 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.88s. In october, she competed at the QGSSSA Athletics Championships, coming away with an astonishing 4 wins. First in the 16 years 100mH, Long Jump, 4x100m and the triple jump, where she registered a new personal best of 13.19m.

In 2013, She represented Australia at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival where she won gold in the womens 100m hurdles, long jump, medley relay and a bronze in the 4x100m. Aliyah won gold in the U18 Heptathlon at the Australian Junior Combined Event Championships which also doubled as the World Youth selection trial. She posted a personal best score of 5532 which also happened to be a World Youth Best. At the 2013 Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia. Aliyah won Gold in the U18 Long Jump with a best leap of 5.93m and Silver in the U18 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.79s. 2 days later Johnson capped off a great week by competing at the Perth Grand Prix, where she placed 2nd in the Open Womens triple jump with a jump of 12.86m. One week after the Perth Grand Prix, Aliyah competed at the Brisbane Grand Prix in the Open Womens triple jump, although withdrew mid competition as she sustained a foot injured.

Johnson was named on the Australian team in the Heptathlon to compete at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics held in Donetsk, Ukraine. The sustained foot injury plagued her throughout the preparation for championships. With 6 weeks until departure for competition, Aliyahs status had improved, and full training resumed in hope of keeping a successful championship alive. [3]

At the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships she finished just outside the medals in fourth, scoring a personal best of 5547pts.

In 2014 she represented Australia at the World Junior Championships, setting a wind legal personal best of 13.26m to be the eighth qualifier into the final. In the final she was only able to put together a 12.69m to finish a distant 12th. Nine months earlier in the southern hemisphere season she jumped a wind aided 13.37m in Brisbane.[4]

In 2015, she began competing for the University of Georgia.[5] Johnson competed in the McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Kentucky,[6][7] and at the Southeastern Conference Track & Field Championships.[8] In 2016 she participated in the Mesquite Invitational tournament.[9] She was a finalist in the triple jump at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships,[10] jumping a wind aided 13.08 m (42 ft 10 34 in) though her tenth place finish at the end of the preliminary rounds did not advance her to the finals where teammate Keturah Orji set the American record.[11]

Johnson continued to represent her school in triple jump competitions in 2017.[12][13] She was included on the NCAA Division I All American list that year.[14]




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Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2013 World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 4th Heptathlon; 5547
2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney, Australia 1st Long Jump; 6.02m
2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney, Australia 1st 100m Hurdles; 13.89s
2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney, Australia 1st Medley Relay
2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney, Australia 3rd 4x100m;