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Subject: RE: How did Michael Johnson break the WR at age 32?
I think the answer is that he could have run faster earlier if he had the right race.
In the '95 WC's and '96 Olympics he doubled back to run the 200 and ran a little conservative in the 400.
In '97 he had hamstring issues.
He may have peaked at age 28 or 29 and just didn't give the 400 WR a good attempt at that time.
Note that he ran his 42.9 relay split in 1993 when he was almost 26.
(Also note that he was actually 31, not quite yet 32 when he broke the 400m record)
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