THE JESSE OWENS AWARDS: 1994-1995-1996
THE "MALE ATHLETE AWARD" WINNER
THREE YEARS IN A ROW!!
Michael Duane Johnson (born September 13, 1967) is a retired American sprinter. He won four Olympic gold medals and
eight World Championships gold medals.
Johnson currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m . He formerly held the world and Olympic record in the 200 m, and
the world record in the indoor 400 m.
He also currently holds the world's best time at the 300 m. His 200 m time of 19.32 at the 1996 Summer Olympics stood as the record
for over 12 years.
Johnson is generally considered one of the greatest long sprinters
in the history of track and field.
He is the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash events at the same Olympics, a feat he accomplished at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Johnson is also the only man to successfully defend
his Olympic title in the 400 m.
Aside from his Olympic success Johnson accumulated eight gold
medals at World Championships, and is thus tied with Carl Lewis
for the most gold medals won by any runner in history.
As of 2012, Johnson holds 13 of the top 100 times for the 200 meters and
27 of the top 100 times for the 400 meters.
Of those, he holds 14 of the top 25 times for the 400 meters.
He broke 44 seconds for the 400 meters twenty-two times,
more than twice as many as any other athlete!