Throwback Thursday: Michael Johnson’s Record-Breaking 200m
Johnson Takes 200m Running To Another Level
On August 1st (last Saturday) it was 19 years since Michael Johnson set the track alight in Atlanta, smashing his own 200m world record. In the blink of an eye, a 19.32 second blink, Johnson confirmed himself as the fastest half-lapper on the planet.
This great feat took place in the final of the 1996 Olympic Games, having set his previous world record of 19.66 at the U.S. trials in the lead-up to the Games. Johnson was of course attempting the long-sprint double at his home Olympics, and by the time the 200m rolled around he already had 400m gold in his back pocket. To go along with this ground-breaking 200m world record he also set an Olympic record of 43.49 seconds in winning the 400m title, almost a full second clear of the opposition.
Have a look back at Johnson’s 200m below, where he covers the first 100m in 10.12 seconds and 50m to 150m in 8.76 seconds.