Track runner Michael Johnson is a huge name in athletics and has proved to be an extremely popular Olympic speaker. With a total of 12 gold medals – four from the Olympics and eight from the World Championships – he has gone from the highs of breaking world records to the lows of being stripped of titles due to two of his relay partners using performance-enhancing substances.
At three separate Olympic Games, Johnson won gold medals in the 4 × 400m relay (1992 in Barcelona), the 200m and 400m (1996 in Atlanta) and the 400m (in 2000 in Sydney). It was at the same Sydney games, however, that he was eventually disqualified in the 4 × 400m relay and he voluntarily returned his gold medal.
The Olympic speaker’s record at the World Championships is nothing short of staggering. In 1991 Johnson won the gold medal in the 200m, in 1993 he won gold in the 400m and the 4 × 400m relay, in 1995 he won gold in all three race formats, and he won 400m gold medals in 1997 and 1999 (the year when he was also disqualified in the 4 x 400m relay).
Johnson’s career since retiring from the track has seen him being used regularly as a commentator by the BBC and being entered into the United States Track and Field Hall of Fame. He also took part in a TV documentary which is said to have claimed that slavery helped to make black runners such great performers on the track.
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