US Olympic Legend Boldly Claims Individual Medals Are Not ‘Equal’ to Relay Medals

Published 10/25/2021, 1:57 PM EDT
World champion sprinter Michael Johnson of the U.S. speaks during the Doha GOALS forum in Doha December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad/Files


In athletics, one name is synonymous with the sport and that is Usain Bolt. The legendary athlete won eight gold medals at the Olympic Games in his time. However, before him, America’s Michael Johnson dominated the track events and enjoyed the GOAT status.

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Highly opinionated and character-driven, Johnson recently posted a tweet stating how relay events are perceived by people. Moreover, the sprinter gave importance to the event, making a very meaningful statement.

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US Olympic legend Johnson gives his views

The sprinter posted a tweet stating how winning medals in relay events is the same as winning individual medals.

Significantly, Johnson won the 4 × 400 m relay games at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, which gave him his first gold medal. Thereafter, he won two relay medals at World Championships. The selection of the relay team depends on the time an athlete puts in their sprint. Thus, the top four runners of the country make their way into the relay teams. Notably, this also adds to the medal tally of the athletes.

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Bolt won three gold medals back in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He and his three teammates ran a fantastic race, setting a time of 37.10 seconds. However, one of his teammates, Nesta Carter, failed a doping test. Although Carter appealed to challenge the decision, he lost the case and Bolt lost an Olympic medal.

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Bolt was disappointed with it as he spoke about the situation.

“It’s heartbreaking because over the years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion–but it’s just one of those things. Things happen in life, so when it’s confirmed or whatever, if I need to give back my gold medal I’d have to give it back, it’s not a problem for me,” said Bolt.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4 x 100 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Undoubtedly, bagging an Olympic medal is by far the highest point of one’s career. However, losing one, despite winning, is surely be an unforgettable feeling.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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