>> September 29, 2009
By Jad Adrian
It is interesting to go under the facts of the remarkable achievements which awards Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt as the greatest sportsmen in history.
Michael Johnson shattered the world record with a magic time of 19.32s in the 1996 Olympics, breaking by more than three tenths of a second the previous record, 19.66s he had set in the U.S. Olympic trial.
Earlier, he easily captured the 400m Olympics title with an Olympic Record time of 43.49s. Johnson had run 3 rounds in 400m and another 3 rounds in 200m where covered a total of 1.8km before the 200m final.
Bolt also went through the same rounds as Johnson but in the 100m which is a shorter distance and covered 1.0km (only) before slammed his old WR 19.30s to 19.19s. Clearly in this situation, Bolt was less tired to breaks the WR.
Take into account on the track qualities, where the track surfaces at Berlin’s Olympic stadium (where Bolt ran 19.19) are very new compared to the track surface called Mondo at the 1996 Olympic stadium.The top quality Polytan M blue track at Berlin are contains three-layer synthetic surface gives an advantages to Usain Bolt to get an optimal running conditions.
The Polytan M surface is hard but nevertheless the elastic top layer ensures maximum return of energy to athletes when sprinting. The outstanding quality of this track surface has been confirmed by the award of an IAAF Class 1 Certificate from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Furthermore, since 1996 we had went through a lot of improvements on the sports’ development particularly in sports sciences like nutrition, biomechanics, physiology, training approach, coaching and many more.
Surely, Usain bolt have derived pleasure from these, and of course the 19.19s is still beatable by the lightning Bolt who just turns 23y now at anytime.
But the question is how fast could Johnson go if todays is his prime time?