Olympic Flashback: Michael Johnson Wins Double Gold in Atlanta 1996

By Andrew Fisher

As we countdown to the 2012 London Olympics, it’s only right that we take a look at some of the great moments in USA Olympic history.

The world-wide competition gives athletes a chance to prove that they are truly the best in the world at what they do.

So let’s take a look at Rantsports.com‘s Olympic Flashback #1 –

Michael Johnson Wins Double Gold in the 200m & 400m – Atlanta, GA 1996


Johnson runs the 400m at about 20 mph.


“Can anyone possibly beat this man?”

Watching these videos reminded me just how fast Michael Johnson was. With all the fascination over Usain Bolt, people have somewhat forgotten about Johnson.

At the time the 19.32 Johnson ran in the 200m was a world record, a record that now belongs to Bolt at 19.19. Bolt also holds the the world record in the 100m at 9.58.

Johnson is the only man to ever to win both the 200m and 400m in the same Olympics. He’s also the only man to ever defend his gold successfully in the 400m, which he did at the Sydney Games in 2000.

Johnson holds the world record in the 400m (43.18) and in the 4 x 400m relay. In his career he won 4 gold medals in 3 different Olympics.

Personally I feel that the 400m world record is more impressive. It’s the race that takes the most athletic ability to win, and no one has ever ran it faster than Michael Johnson.

Bolt’s personal best in the 400m is 45.28…

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