Johnson: I would’ve beaten Usain Bolt
Former 200m world record holder Michael Johnson is confident that he would win a race between himself and reigning world’s fastest man Usain Bolt over the distance.
Johnson, who still holds the 400m world record, was the holder of the 200m world record of 19.32 for 12 years until Bolt erased the mark in 2008. Bolt’s new mark of 19.30 only stood for a year, however, as the Jamaican obliterated his own mark one year later in Berlin.
The incredible record, .13 seconds lower than Johnson’s mark, has stood at 19.19 ever since.
The sprinter has in addition recorded five of the 10 fastest times over the distance. A jovial Johnson, a prominent supporter of the Jamaican sprint star, nonetheless backed himself to triumph in a meeting between the athletes in their prime.
“I win that race every day,” Johnson told US television programme TODAY.
“Every time we line up, I win that race, guaranteed.”
Johnson, regarded as one of the sport’s best ever sprinters, has a career haul of four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals. At the Rio Olympic Games this summer Bolt will look to be the first man to win three consecutive sprint triples in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays.