Here is the big factor that NO ONE (virtually) brings up when discussing why his 200m is so much better than anyone else's ever:
How many 10.09 100m runners train for the 400m?
My bet is that if you've run 10.0 or low 10anything you are going to keep tryin gto run the 100 and possibly the 200, but that's where your focus is going to be.
What Johnson did, is he took 10.0 100m speed and trained essentially like a 600m runner; lot's of speed endurance work, much more than most 200m runners. Is there any top 400m runner with a faster 100m PR?
This is bracketing: spend time fine-tuning your basic speed (like they did in 1994 when he ran 10.09) but train for 400m speed endurance: the result is the fastest 200m ever.
Combine that with an ultra-fast track, unbeleivable competition, hot weather and gallons of adrenaline and you've got an anamalously good performance.
Yep, Marion too right.
The facts are these
1. Michael Johnson ran 19.32 in the finals of the Olympic 200 meters
2. Michael Johnson passed his drug test.
The rest, while interesting, remains speculation.
No not Marion too. But then again, there seems to be a great deal of evidence against Marion. Much of it circumstantial true, but some of it not. We don't know yet. They're still sorting it out.
Yep, Marion too right.
Exactly. Frankly all we really need to do is see them run fast. Then we have all we need to run them out of the sport. Good plan.
"2. Michael Johnson passed his drug test"
We need to get over the idea of athletes having to "fail" a drug test to be using.
We should believe you, huh? OK. That's good enough for me. You obviously have plenty of inside information.
The whole point of athletes going to companies like Balco (and believe me there many more companies out there), is so that they can use performance enhancing substances and "pass" the drug test.
Right on again. The fact that he was a 33-year old 200/400 meter guy after his last Olympics could not possibly have had anything to with his decision to retire. We all know that the 200 and 400 are an old-man's game.
I think MJ saw all of this coming and got out while the getting was good. He made his millions, broke his records and got out before they could catch him.