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RandySavage
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Any chance Michael Johnson's injury was legit?
I loved Michael Johnson but he definitely faked that injury when Bailey was leaving him behind right?


mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: Any chance Michael Johnson's injury was legit?
Bob Costas

Trying to convince the public that a 200m champ was the fastest man on the planet.


mdomingue
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re: Any chance Michael Johnson's injury was legit?
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Bob Costas

Trying to convince the public that a 200m champ was the fastest man on the planet.




Well, at the time, for a short while, he technically was. His 200 WR time was less that double the 100 WR time. So his average certainly was faster than the 100 meter winner.

Of course that doesn't mean he his instantaneous velocity was faster. The shorter the race, the more significant the reaction lag to the start is on the average speed.



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blueboy
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re: Any chance Michael Johnson's injury was legit?
I thought he might be able to win the 150. Bailey didn't have enough for a 200, which is weird for a top 100 guy, but MJ should have known that his top speed just wasn't fast enough. I guess he thought Bailey would tie up after 100.

But yeah, I watched it live and that injury was bull shite.


mizzoubuckeyeiowa
Member since Nov 2015
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re: Any chance Michael Johnson's injury was legit?
They started on the turn which Johnson thought would give him an advantage and eat up some of Baileys 100 real estate.

But when Bailey blew by him, Johnson was like shite, I ain't winning this...and immediately pulled up


Globetrotter747
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re: Any chance Michael Johnson's injury was legit?
Who knows is the injury was legit or not? I don't think Johnson wins, though, if he doesn't pull up.

I think if they had run a 150 meter race on a conventional track (normal curve and half the straightaway) in their Atlanta '96 form, Johnson probably wins. This race was almost a year after the Olympics.

But on this day, on this unconventional track, Bailey was better.


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