Unbroken since ‘99: Michael Johnson's record 400m sprint

For a man who did not adhere to conventional running techniques, Michael Johnson ran his way to eight gold medals in the IAAF World Championships! Apart from these, he also has four Olympic golds to his name. In terms of gold medal haul, he is rig

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The American burst on to the international scene at the 1991 World Championships when he won his first gold in the 200m sprint. What was noticeable was the margin of his victory, which was the largest since the time of legendary sprinter Jesse Owens! He dominated the 200m and 400m events during the ‘90s, breaking all sorts of records in the process.

With the IAAF World Championships coming up later this month, let’s take a look at the achievements of one of the most celebrated sprinters in history in this prestigious event:

- Set 200m world record of 19.79 seconds in 1995, a feat which lasted 12 years until Usain Bolt surpassed it.

- His 400m world record time of 43.18 seconds set in 1999 has never been bettered.

- He was part of the 4x400m USA relay team that set a world record time of 2:54.29 in 1993, which is still unbroken.

- During the same race in 1993, he ran the fastest relay leg ever, a time of 42.19 seconds. No runner has even managed to get into the 42-second mark so far!

- He is the only sprinter to win both 200m and 400m golds at the Championships in his career.

- He also managed to snare golds in 200m and 400m at the same Championships in 1995.

- He is tied with Carl Lewis as the winner of maximum number of golds in the World Championships with eight.

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