Who is better in 200m? Michael Johnson or Usain Bolt

>> September 29, 2009


The greatest men in history require no introduction! Even if you are not a sports fan, you have probably heard their names being mentioned everywhere.

The likes of Jesse Owens, Bob Hayes, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Maurice Greene, and even the latest superstar whose trademark "lightning pose" Usain Bolt is known to everybody.

The two athletes that go into my mind because of their enthralling performances, in the same event, are Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt.

These two are dissimilar in "many ways."

Johnson's physic is more of that of a long sprint, but Bolt's physic would give an advantage over the shorter sprint distances.

In terms of "time", Johnson's prime time has long been over, a decade ago, while Bolt is still gearing up and leveraging his "empire".

Back in the 1996 Olympics, Johnson shattered the world record in what was considered "a magic time" of 19.32s.

He broke his own world record (19.66s) by more than three-tenths of a second that he set in the U.S. Olympic trial a few weeks earlier.

The process of the record setting was not easy. Just like others, Johnson had to go through three rounds (heats, quarters, and semis) before his final 200m race. Prior to that, he took the Olympic 400m Gold in a time of 43.49s, in a new Olympic record.

But prior to that, he had to run three preliminaries rounds. In other words, Johnson had to run a 1.8km sprint prior to his 200m finals. Details as follows;

Michael Johnson in 1996 Olympics

400m Heats (26 July) - 45.80s
400m Quarters (27 July) - 44.62s
400m Semis (28 July) - 44.59s
400m Finals (30 July) - 43.49s - OR

200m Heats (31 July) - 20.55s
200m Quarters (31 July) - 20.37s
200m Semis (1 Aug) - 20.27s
200m Finals (1 Aug) - 19.32s - OR / WR

Meanwhile, Usain Bolt has gone through similar rounds in 2009 as Johnson (1996) but with the shorter total distance which covered much more less than Johnson with (only) 1.0km, before destroying his WR (19.30s) from the Beijing Olympics, with a time of 19.19s.

Comparison between Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt

1 - Distance - If you were to compare the process of getting to the "destination" (Johnson vs Bolt at 200m - times, golds, records), Johnson appeared in a more "disadvantage" due to the extra "sprint" distances he had to cover before commencing his world record campaign (see above).

When you have to run more races (heats, quarters, semis; multiple events), it taxes the body a lot (lactate accumulation, etc.). So you need better recovery in order to deal with this. Note that Johnson injured his hamstring right after the 200m (he withdrew from the 4x400m).

2 - Running surface or track quality. The track surface at Olympic Stadium at Berlin (where Bolt set 19.19) is called Polytan M  which is the latest and the best version of a track that ever been built. It is harder, thus, much more springy (better rebound) than the track surface (Mondo) at the 1996 Olympic stadium.

The Polytan M track at Berlin contains a three-layer synthetic surface that provides a better elasticity and energy return during every strike that occurs on the track, which can give an added advantage to a sprinter (i.e. Usain Bolt) every time he/she hit (strike) the track surface. This enables a faster sprinting to be achieved.

Furthermore, the IAAF has recently awarded a Class 1 Certificate to the Polytan M, confirming that the quality of the running track is truly outstanding.

3 - Sports science. There has been a lot of changes in coaching practice, as a result of "advancement" in sports science knowledge. This allows better training approaches and methodologies than that since 1996 or earlier.

Training methods change when there are new scientific findings related to training. More importantly, the new knowledge today is more easily disseminated and learned, because of technologies, the internet, etc.

The seminar/workshops are being organized more regularly, so understanding with regards to physiology and biomechanics is more easily captured - this will influence our coaching practice.

There are others. More stories will be discussed in the next posts.

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Selangor Open Athletics Meet 2009

>> September 14, 2009

The Championships was held on July 11 - 12 at the MBPJ Stadium in Petaling Jaya, approximately 40km away from Kuala Lumpur.

Over 30 teams from various sports club, schools club, associations and institutions including the national athletes of MSN were taking part at the meet.

RESULTS: Click HERE

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ASIAN LEADERS (Men)

100m 9.91 Su Bingtian CHN, Madrid
200m 20.16 Xie Zhenye CHN, Osaka
400m 44.07 Abdalelah Haroun QAT, London
800m 1:45.65 Jinson Johnson IND, Guwahati
1500m 3:34.55 Sadik Mikhou BRN, Paris
5000m 13:01.09 Birhanu Yemataw BRN, Lausanne
10000m 27:38.16 Hassan Chani BRN, Maia
Mar 2:06.11 Yuta Shitara JPN, Tokyo
3000 Sc 8:22.00 Kosei Yamaguchi JPN, Abashiri
110mh 13.36 Ahmad Al-Mouaed KSA, Praha
400mh 46.98 Abderrahman Samba QAT, Paris
HJ 2.40 Mutaz Barshim QAT, Doha
PV 5.71 Xue Changrui CHN, Shanghai
LJ 8.47A Wang Jianan CHN, Guiyang
TJ 17.22 Dong Bin CHN, Eugene OR
SP 20.24 Tejinder Singh IND, Patiala
DT 68.85 Ehsan Hadidi IRI, Chula Vista CA
HT 78.18 Dilshod Nazarov TJK, Chorzow
JT 87.43 Neeraj Chopra IND, Doha
Dec 7948 Keisuke Ushiro JPN, Gotzis
20kmW 1:17:26 Eiki Takahashi JPN, Kobe
50kmW 3:44:25 Hiroki Arai JPN, Taichang
4x100m 37.85 Japan Team JPN, Osaka
4x400m 3:04.05 India Team IND, Gold Coast
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ASIAN LEADERS (Women)

100m 10.99 Wei Yongli CHN, Resisprint
200m 22.73 Viktoriya Zyabkina KAZ, Almaty
400m 49.08 Salwa Eid Naser BRN, Monaco
800m 2:02.23 Manal Bahraoui BRN, Duffel
1500m 4:11.55 P.U Chitra IND, Guwahati
5000m 15:10.91 Rina Nabeshima JPN, Eugene OR
10000m 31:52.42 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Yamaguchi
Mar 2:22.44 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Osaka
3000 Sc 9:10.74 Winfred Yavi BRN, Monaco
100mh 13.08 Wu Shuijiao CHN, Shanghai
400mh 55.54 Aminat Odeyemi BRN, Goleniow
HJ 1.91 Nadzehda Dusanova UZB, Tashkent
PV 4.60 Li Ling CHN, London
LJ 6.64A Xu Xiaoling CHN, Guiyang
TJ 14.25 Olga Rypakova KAZ, Paris
SP 20.38A Gong Lijiao CHN, Guiyang
DT 67.03 Chen Yang CHN, Osterode
HT 75.02 Luo Na CHN, Halle
JT 67.69 Lu Huihui CHN, Halle
Hep 5898 Purnima Hembram IND, Guwahati
20kmW 1:26:28 Qieyang Shenjie CHN, La Coruna

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