200m WR to fall soon?

Michael Johnson’s 200 meters world record could soon fall to Jamaican Usain Bolt, the former Olympic sprint champion said on Saturday.

“I’m ready to kiss it goodbye … if he keeps on doing what he’s doing,” Johnson said at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Previously known as a 200 specialist, Bolt broke the 100 world record last month when he clocked 9.72 seconds at a meeting in New York:

The Jamaican is now likely to chase Johnson’s 200 world record of 19.32 seconds set by the American at the 1996 Olympics:

“If he is as technically sound at 200 or the improvement at 200 in technique matches what we have seen at 100, there’s no telling what he is going to run,” added Johnson.

The question is – will it be at the Jamaican Olympic trials where the two fastest men in the world will go head-to-head on Saturday when world record holder Usain Bolt runs against Asafa Powell or in Beijing?

…The pair have never faced off in a 100 meters race before.


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