PR: 9.95 (2002), 19.88 (2001)
Born: 1976 in Dallas
Current Residence: Garland, Texas
High School: North Garland (Garland, Texas) HS 94
College: Oklahoma Panhandle State University 98
Coach: Raymond Stewart
Agent: Tony Campbell
Career Highlights: 2-time World Outdoor Championships 4x100m gold medalist (01 & 03); 2001 Goodwill Games 200m bronze medalist
With his large frame building near-unstoppable momentum, Johnson has become on of the worlds best anchor-leg runners in the 4x100m relay. After running down compatriots such as Tim Montgomery and Maurice Greene in domestic relay competition, Johnson did the same at the 2003 World Champiosnips stealing gold from Great Britain in a come-from-behind effort. Before bursting on the World Outdoor Championships stage in 2001, Johnson had run in only one high school meet as a senior in 1994. Virtually overnight, he became a world-class sprinter. At 6-3 and 210 pounds he is one of the biggest sprinters in the world. He is a self-confessed slow starter but is one of the best 4X100 relay anchor runners in the world. A rolling start gets Johnsons momentum in top gear, and he used that momentum to anchor Team USA to a come-from-behind 4X100m victory at the 2003 World Championships. He attended four different schools during his collegiate career where he participated in sports other than track and field. From 1994-95, Johnson attended Grayson Community College where he played basketball. He continued his hoops career at Eastfield Junior College during the 1995-96 season. He later played football at Texas A&M (Kingsville) during the 1996-97 campaign, and then transferred to Panhandle State in Oklahoma where he finished his gridiron career. He decided to try track and field after leaving college, and after asking family and friends for advice, he asked Coach Nicholson Scott, Jr., to train him. Scott told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram that training a raw talent like Johnson was a treat. "I've never seen anything like it," he said. "This is so unreal. Nobody has touched this kid. It's refreshing to talk to a guy that asks questions." Although he is new to the sport, Johnson believes he is ready to take on the world of big time track and field. "I like the challenge," he said. "I believe that if you put your mind to it, you can do it. I want to dominate the track world, physically and mentally." He married wife Nikki, an assistant bank manager, in March 2001. Left U.S. on first international trip (a meet in Glasgow, Scotland on July 1, 2000) one day after receiving his first passport, improved his 100m PR 15-hundredths of a second to 9.95 in 2002.
2005: 8th at USA Outdoor 200m (20.70)...6th in 1st semifinal at USA Outdoor Champs (10.28)...1st at Rio de Janiero (10.09)...2nd at Monterrey (20.30)...bests of 10.09 & 20.30.
2004: 5th at Olympic Trials (20.28)2nd in round 1 at IAAF Japan Grand Prix in 100m (10.11)...1st at Mexico City in 200m (20.29)...2nd in St. Denis (20.28)...ranked #8 world (#4 U.S.) at 200m, (11 U.S. in 100m) bests of 10.11 & 20.28.
2003: 3rd at USA Outdoors 200m (20.22)...5th at USA Outdoors 100m (10.24)...World Outdoor 4x100m relay gold medalist (anchor leg 38.06)...6th in 200 at World Outdoors (20.47 out of lane 1)...1st at Oracle U.S. Open 100m (20.42)...Season best in 100m (10.05) at Home Depot Invitational and 200m (20.05) in Abuja... 1st at 100m (10.05) and 200m (20.05) at Abujabests of 10.05 & 20.05...ranked #3 in the world at 200m (#3 U.S.) by T&FN.
2002: 4th in 100m at USA Outdoors (10.10w)...3rd in opening round at USA Indoors (6.63)...1st at Mt. SAC (9.95)...3rd at Doha (10.15)...won adidas Midwest Indoor Track Classic (6.56) 2nd at Millrose Games (6.55)...ranked #6 in U.S. at 100m...best of 9.95.
2001: Ran anchor leg on opening round 4x100m relay to earn a gold medal at World Outdoor Championships...bronze medalist at Goodwill Games 200m (20.54)...7th in 100m at USA Outdoor Championships (10.24)...ran 200m PR of 19.88 in winning at Brussels in the fastest time in the world for 20015th in 200m semifinal at USA Outdoors (20.78)...7th in 60m semifinal at USA Indoors (6.81)...was a member of DQed 4x100m relay at Goodwill Games. Indoor meets, 7th in 60m at Tyson Invitational (6.77)...1st in 100m (10.32), 1st in 200m (21.34) at Texas Tech Open, 1st in 100m 10.34 and 200m (20.51) at Florida Relays...ranked #7 in the world, #4 in U.S. in 200m by T&FN...bests of 10.10 and 19.88 in Brussels.
2000: 4th in 200m at Michael Johnson Open (21.49)...1st in 100m (10.67), 1st in 200m (21.57) at OU Open...UTA Open 3rd in 100m (10.19w), 4th in 200m (20.60w) at UTA Open3rd in 100m (10.30), 1st in 200m (21:08) USATF Speed by Choice meet in Dallas...1st place in 100m (10.30), 1st in 200m (21.28) at USATF Southwest Association Champs...2nd in 100m (10.24), 1st in 200m (20.78) at Indiana Invaders Midwest Challenge...2nd in 100m (10.25), 4th in 200m (20.63) at Indiana Invaders Clash for Cashbests of 10.24 and 20.63.