Michael Johnson says he would beat Bolt


July 14, 2016
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold and setting a new world record in the men's 200-metre final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

The former fastest man in the world, Olympic gold medal winner Michael Johnson, believes he could beat Usain Bolt if the two clashed.

Johnson believes that if the two squared off in a 200-meter race in their prime, he would have beaten the man nicknamed "Lightning Bolt."

"I win every day. Every time we line up, I win. Guaranteed," he said.

In the 2008 Olympics, Bolt set records in the 100- and 200-meter races, beating the previous 200-meter record set by Johnson in 1996.

Bolt holds the 200 metres world record in 19.19 , having smashed Michael Johnson's 12-year-old world record of 19.32sec in Beijing.

Even Yohan Blake has gone faster than Johnson having clocked 19.26 over 200 metres.

Johnson, the American legend, said in 2011 that Bolt is the man to break his 400m world record.

Johnson's 43.18-second mark remains the best-ever time in the one-lap event.

"He has the build to be a great 400m runner and he certainly has the speed. Without a doubt, I think if he chose to make the switch at some point in his career and decided he was going to train for the 400m, I am certain he would break the world record and probably run under 43 seconds and become the first person to run 42 seconds," Johnson told told ESPN in 2011.

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