The former fastest man in the world, Olympic gold medal winner Michael Johnson, was profiled on Wednesday’s Today show as part of its “Where Are They Now” series leading up to the summer Olympics in Rio. Naturally, the conversation turned to the current fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.
When asked, if he were given the chance to turn back the clock, who would win in a race between himself and Bolt, Johnson replied, “I win every day. Every time we line up, I win. Guaranteed.” Of course this can never be proven, but the numbers help to figure out who might win in this hypothetical race.
In the 2008 Olympics, Bolt set records in the 100- and 200-meter races, beating the previous 200-meter record set by Johnson in 1996. However, there is one record Bolt has yet to break. Johnson still holds the record in the 400-meter and has for 20 years. It seems the title of “fastest man” would be determined more by distance than anything else.
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