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Michael Johnson

Full name: Michael Duane Johnson
Nickname(s): Superman, The Duck
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: September 13, 1967 in Dallas, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Nike, Beaverton (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 6 h2 r3/4
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA AC r3/3 DQ (doping)

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 6 20.78 2
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 20.55 4
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 20.80 5
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 1 WR 19.32 3 0,161
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20.27 4 0,155
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 20.37 6 0,233
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 20.55 7 0,261

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Final 1 OR 43.49 0,254 4
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 44.59 0,264 5
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 44.62 0,234 6
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 2 QU 45.80 0,197 3
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States Final 1 43.84 0,610 6
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 44.65 0,164 5
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 45.31 0,150 4
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 45.25 0,176 5

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 2:55.74 44,73
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 2 QU 2:59.14
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Athletics United States USA Final AC [1] DQ (doping) [2:56.35] [44.29]