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Michael Johnson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMichael Duane•Johnson
Used nameMichael•Johnson
Nick/petnamesSuperman, The Duck
Born13 September 1967 in Dallas, Texas (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsNike, Beaverton (USA)
NOC United States


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Michael Johnson
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 6 h2 r3/4
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1996 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Michael Johnson
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Michael Johnson
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States AC

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