September 13th in African American History – Michael Duane Johnson

Michael Duane Johnson

Michael Duane Johnson

September 13, 1967 Michael Duane Johnson, world record holding track and field athlete, was born in Dallas, Texas.

Johnson attended Baylor University where he won several NCAA championships in both indoor and outdoor sprints and relays. He graduated from Baylor in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business. Johnson won Gold Medals at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games in the 4 by 400 meter relay, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the 200-meter and 400 meter races, and at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in the 400 meter race.

He is the only male athlete in history to win the 200-meter and 400-meter races at the same Olympic Games. He is also the only man to successfully defend his Olympic title in the 400-meter race. Johnson currently holds the world records in the 400 meter and 4 by 400 meter relay. In 1996, Johnson received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States and he was named ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

That same year, he published his autobiography, “Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats”. Johnson retired from track after the 2000 Summer Olympics and currently runs a sports management company and a state of the art athletic training complex.


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