Michael Johnson believes Bolt can run even faster

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Track legend and nine-time world champ Michael Johnson doesn’t seem to be too terribly upset about Usain Bolt breaking his 200m record, and thinks the Jamaican sprinter’s best races are still yet to come.

“I know for a fact that he can run faster,” Johnson said earlier this week. “Whether he will or not is another question. But I know that he can.

“In analyzing him as an athlete and looking at his races and doing some bio-mechanical analysis on him … he could run faster.”

Bolt bested Johnson’s seemingly unbeatable world record mark of 19.32-seconds from Atlanta at the Beijing Games, then Bolt shattered his own mark by more than a tenth of a second at the 2009 world championships in Berlin.

But while the Jamaican star became the first man to repeat as 100m and 200m champ last summer, he was only able to equal Johnson’s 200m mark from 1996. Of course, no one has come close to Johnson’s 400m record, set in 1999, with London champ Kirani James finishing more than seven-tenths off the pace.

Olympic Track and Field Trials leave Eugene

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The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are leaving Eugene, Ore., for the Los Angeles area.

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, Calif., 20 miles east of LA, will host the 10-day event in 2020.

Eugene, which hosted the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, and Sacramento, host in 2000 and 2004, also bid for the USA Track and Field (USATF) event.

“USATF’s board of directors voted to award the Olympic Trials to Mt. SAC based upon its desire to take the sport’s biggest event to the country’s second-largest media market; the historical strength of the sport in the Los Angeles area; Mt. SAC’s record of hosting elite track events that produce top performances; and a $62 million upgrade to Mt. SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium that will enable the venue to expand to a seating capacity of more than 21,000,” USATF said in a press release.

Mt. SAC previously hosted the 1960 Olympic Trials and annually hosts a popular relays meet in April.

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Wayde van Niekerk breaks another Michael Johnson record

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Wayde van Niekerk broke another Michael Johnson record, running the fastest-ever 300m in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, who broke Johnson’s 400m world record of 43.18 in Rio with a 43.03, ran 30.81 seconds in Ostrava. Video is here.

Johnson’s previous world best in the rarely contested event was 30.85, clocked at altitude in Pretoria in 2000, his final season.

Van Niekerk previously ran 31.03 over 300m in Kingston, Jamaica, last year. At the time, only Johnson and Usain Bolt (30.97 in 2010, also in Ostrava) had run faster in the non-Olympic event.

Johnson, also the former 200m world-record holder (lowered by Bolt in 2008 and 2009), is left with one world record still standing from the 1993 World Championships 4x400m relay.

Van Niekerk is preparing for the world championships in August in London, where he is expected to contest the 200m and 400m.

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