Michael Johnson - U.S.A. - Hiccup at the 1992 Olympics

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 05 August 1992

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Michael JOHNSON - U.S.A. - Hiccup at the 1992 Olympics

The 1992 Olympic Games was the one major championship of the 1990s at which Micheal Johnson performed below par. He contested the 200 metres and on the first day of the event all seemed well. He won his heat in 20.80 seconds during the morning (He is pictured above on his blocks) and that evening followed Britain's Marcus Adam home in the opening heat of the second round with a 20.55 run. It then went all wrong. In the second semi final he trailed home in 6th place with a time of 20.78 seconds, moments after watching his fellow American Mike Marsh lower the Olympic record to 19.73 seconds in the first semi. Marsh's time was just one hundreth of a second off the world record. No only would there not be a medal there would not even be a place in the final. He did of course win a medal when he helped the USA 4 x 400 relay team to a gold later in the week. It was on the last day of the Games and they broke the world record with a time of 2 minutes 55.74 seconds. During the 1992 season he ran a personal best 400 metres of 43.98 seconds and a personal best 200m time of 19.79 seconds - both of which were only bettered by the Olympic Champions in those respective events. One suspects though that he felt that the season was a disappointing one because of the Olympic hiccup. (George Herringshaw)