23 NOV 2005 General News

Double World record holder Michael Johnson donates 2000 Olympic tracksuit to the IAAF

Michael Johnson's 2000 Olympic tracksuit donated to the IAAF (M. Johnson)Michael Johnson's 2000 Olympic tracksuit donated to the IAAF (M. Johnson) © Copyright

American Michael Johnson, the current World record holder in the 200m and 400m has donated his Sydney 2000 Olympics USA team tracksuit to the IAAF humanitarian project Athletics for a Better World.

Michael Johnson became the first man in history to win both those events at the same Olympics in 1996 at Atlanta, and then the first man to repeat as Olympic 400m champion when he won the gold in 2000.

Johnson owns more World outdoor championships gold medals than anyone in history (9) and ran the anchor leg on the U.S.A squad that set the existing 4x400m relay World record in 1998.

Johnson, who set the 200m World record on two occasions, is a three-time Olympian. A five-time outdoor World Championships team member, Johnson won the 200m gold medal in 1991, 1995, the 400m gold medal in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and outdoor World Championships 4x400m gold medals in 1993, 1995 and 1999.

Johnson was a member of teams that set 4x400m relay World records in 1992-1993, and 1998.

A five-time USA Outdoor 200m champion, Johnson won the USA outdoor 400m title on four occasions, and he won the USA Indoor 400m championship four times. As a collegiate star at Baylor University, Johnson won the 1990 NCAA Outdoor 200m title, and was a two-time NCAA Indoor 200m champion.

Johnson was elected as World Athlete of the Year by the International Athletic Association in 1996 and 1999.

Johnson is currently the agent of reigning 400m World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner.

Johnson’s donation will be auctioned at the end of the year and all profits donated to the United Nations Associations: FAO, UNICEF and WFP.

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