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13 Sep 1967 Dallas, United States of America
Superman, The Duck
183 cm / 77 kg 6'0'' / 169 pounds
Male
Michael Johnson is acknowledged as the greatest long sprinter in the history of track & field, specializing in the 200 and 400 metres. Johnson made his Olympic début in 1992, but was ill at the time, and his only medal, a gold, came in the 4×400 metre relay. At Atlanta in 1996, he won both the 200 and 400 metres, the first man to accomplish that feat at the Olympics, with his 200 metre victory achieved in the stunning world record time of 19.32. Johnson's Olympic career ended at Sydney, where he defended his 400 metre title, and added what...

Michael Johnson is acknowledged as the greatest long sprinter in the history of track & field, specializing in the 200 and 400 metres. Johnson made his Olympic début in 1992, but was ill at the time, and his only medal, a gold, came in the 4×400 metre relay. At Atlanta in 1996, he won both the 200 and 400 metres, the first man to accomplish that feat at the Olympics, with his 200 metre victory achieved in the stunning world record time of 19.32. Johnson's Olympic career ended at Sydney, where he defended his 400 metre title, and added what was, at the time, a second gold in the 4×400 relay, giving him five gold medals in all, although the 2000 4×400 gold would be taken away because of doping penalties against Antonio Pettigrew and Jerome Young. At the World Championships, Johnson was even more dominant, winning the 200 metres in 1991 and 1995, and the 400 metres in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. He added the 400 metre world record in August 1999, when he ran 43.18 in Seville, Spain. With his upright style and short, rapid strides, he was an unmistakable figure on the track and is universally recognized as being the greatest one-lap runner ever.

Personal Bests: 200 – 19.32 (1996); 400 – 43.18 (1999).

Michael in numbers

3
Olympics
Olympics
4
medals
Gold medal:4 Silver medal: Bronze medal:
  • Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      400 metres
    • AC r3/3
      Athletics
      4 x 400 metres Relay
  • Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      200 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      400 metres
  • Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    • 6 h2 r3/4
      Athletics
      200 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      4 x 400 metres Relay

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