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Johnson Sets World 300-meter Record

March 24, 2000

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) _ Michael Johnson set a world record of 30.85 seconds for the rarely run 300 meters today.

Showing sensational early-season form, Johnson was well under the previous record of 31.48, shared by Danny Everett of the United States and Roberto Hernandez of Cuba. The old mark was set on the same day, Sept. 3, 1990, at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

The conditions were ideal for Johnson, the 1996 Olympic 200 and 400 champion and the world record-holder in both events.

Johnson, who ran the world’s fourth-fastest 200 with 19.71 in his 2000 debut at Pietersburg last Saturday, decided to go for the 300 world record based on his form.

``I’m surprised at my form right now,″ he said. ``I got out of the blocks real good. I held back a little in the second 50 meters, and over the last 200 I went all out. Although this is not an Olympic distance, I’m still proud that I’ve broken another world record.″

Johnson will run the 400 at Cape Town next Friday night.

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