Born on September 13, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, Michael Johnson won his first Olympic gold medal in 1992 with the U.S. men's 4 x 400 meter relay team. He established an Olympic record in the 400 meters and a world record in the 200 meters in 1996, becoming the first man to win both events in one Olympics, and successfully defended his gold in the 400 meters at the 2000 Summer Games. Johnson also set a world record in that event at the 1999 World Championships, as well as in the 300 meters at a competition the following year. He was elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004, and retired from competition in 2008.
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