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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Michael Johnson - Olympic Champion
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The Very Fast Michael Johnson At The Monaco Grand Prix

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - Four-time United States Olympic Gold medallist, Michael Johnson, was photographed in the Paddock area at the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday (May 24, 2009). Johnson is one of the most exceptional athletes ever to compete on the world stage in Track & Field. Michael Johnson is still the world record holder of the 400 metres at 43.18 seconds, which he ran in Seville, Spain on August 26, 1999. His world record in the 200 metres of 19.32 seconds at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta had held for twelve years and was only broken in 2008.

Probably Michael Johnson's greatest accomplishment was to win two gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and be the only male Olympic athlete in history to take gold in the 200 metres and the 400 metres at the same. Johnson had earlier won Olympic Gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the 4 x 400 m relay, and then his fourth gold medal was won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 400 metres. In world championship track, Johnson won eight world championships between the years 1991 - 1999, competing in a combination of 200 m, 400 m, and 4 x 400 m events to win gold. Four of his world championships were won in the 400 meters, but he will always be remembered as the 'fastest man on earth' for his incredible 19.32 second 200 m performance in Atlanta in 1996.

Johnson took some time out to relax in Monaco during the 2009 Grand Prix, and he attended the 2009 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Amber Lounge Party on Sunday evening with the other F1 drivers. From the photo, you can still see that although he is now officially retired from track and field, Michael Johnson still remains in excellent shape and maintains a strong fitness regime to this day.


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