Athletics icon makes a visit to hot Spurs

Michael Johnson met with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to discuss the club's training ground plus more

PALS: Michael Johnson and Mauricio Pochettino (Photo credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC)

ATHLETICS SUPERSTAR Michael Johnson, considered one of the sport’s greatest, met with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino recently to share sporting knowledge and ideals at the club’s training ground recently.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist and eight-time world champion, dominated the 200m and 400m events throughout the 1990s, up to his final Olympic title in the 400m in Sydney in 2000. He remains the only man to win both 200m and 400m events in one Olympics, achieved in Atlanta in 1996.

Previously world record holder in both 200m and 400m, Johnson ran the final leg of a 4x400m relay in 1993 which remains the fastest time for that event over 25 years on.

“Mauricio is always searching for ways to continue to get excellence out of players,” said Johnson, now a popular pundit for the BBC.

“My performance training company has had a long relationship with Nike and, of course, Nike have a partnership with Spurs as well, so we feel a synergy there and we can share knowledge of what the club is trying to do from a performance standpoint as well as what we are trying to do to help athletes get better and reach their potential.”

Tottenham, fresh from hammering Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday, begin their Champions League campaign against Olympiacos on September 18.

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