Gea Johnson sets records at Worlds

Scottsdale’s Gea Johnson (FASTER) finished Masters Worlds in Manchester, England last week with a second-consecutive gold and U.S. elite women record in the 500-meter time trial and a new record in the women’s sprint.

The former Olympian bobsledder, ASU sports track hall-of-famer and international weightlifting champion seems to be getting faster with age, even as she has to train on the road since Arizona doesn’t have a track.

Johnson attempted to break her own world record this year in the 500 meters, but ended up with a consolation prize: the best time of all U.S. elite women athletes at sea level with 35.701. See video below.

“Wow, what an incredible feeling,” Johnson said in an e-mail. “I’m so very thankful I had this opportunity and I was able to put it together to accomplish this goal. I think we were just as excited about this 35 [seconds] as we were for the actual rainbow jersey.” had a recap of Johnson’s other event – the women’s sprint:

Womens Sprint 45 – 49 Years
A new worlds best was set in the qualifying round where Gea Johnson of the USA was quickest of the seven starters making her a clear favourite for the Gold medal to be decided later in the day. Johnson cruised her semi final but the other one between Julie Cooper and Debbie Capewell (below) went to three matches with Cooper going through to the final for Gold whilst Debbie Capewell would ride off for Bronze.

In those finals, Johnson, simply had too much speed for Cooper who tried everything including keeping the American up the track with a little shoulder to shoulder argy bargy but Johnson wasn’t going to be denied. The bronze medal ride off between Capewell and Maria Herrera (Guatemala) was all Capewell who won two rides to nil.

Video provided by Johnson:

Sarah Muench