Monday, March 5, 2012

This Day In Running... March 4th

1995- Michael Johnson of the United States set the world record in the indoor 400 meters in Atlanta.  Michael's time was 44.63.  That time still ranks second all-time behind Kerron Clement, also of the United States, who beat Michael's record as a collegian in 2005.  Michael went on to win two gold medals and set two world records in the 200 and 400 at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.  His 400 record still stands and his 200 is #3 all time behind Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake of Jamaica.

1989- Javier Sotomayor of Cuba broke the indoor high jump world record set just one year earlier by one centimeter.  Javier's jump was 2.43 meters or 7'11 3/4".  Javier's career spanned 15 years from his World Junior Record in 1985 to his Olympic Silver in 2000.  He was among the best in the world for those years.

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