By Steve Larkin
Usain Bolt can run faster. But just how much faster, athletics legend Michael Johnson isn't sure.
"I know for a fact that he can run faster," Johnson says.
"Whether he will or not is another question. But I know that he can.
"In analysing him as an athlete and looking at his races and doing some biomechanical analysis on him ... he could run faster.
"So certainly a human, in my mind, can go faster."
Johnson, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and nine-time world champion, wasn't surprised his 200 metres world record was taken by Jamaican megastar Bolt.
Nor is Johnson surprised to still hold the 400m world best.
He set the record of 43.18 seconds in 1999. And no one has come close to it, the best time since is Jeremy Wariner's 43.45s.
"Nothing surprises me, honestly, about world records," Johnson said.
"It's the one thing you can't predict.
"People were saying my 200 world record when I broke it would last longer than Bob Beamon's long jump world record. I just thought `how do you know?'."
Incredibly, Johnson believed he could have run quicker in his world record race.
"My plan was to be a little bit more aggressive down the back stretch than I really was," said Johnson, who will be in Melbourne next week for the Our Sporting Future forum.
"And that was a choice that I made because while I was going for the world record in that particular race, that was secondary - primary was I needed to win it because that was the '99 world championships.
"Given the choice to break the world record or just win, I'm going to go for the win first.
"To that point I had won nothing but gold medals and I wanted to keep that streak alive so I was a little more conservative than I actually wanted to be down the back stretch.
"It could have resulted in a little bit quicker time, I don't know if I would have got under 43 seconds or not."
source: newshub archive