🇺🇸 Sprinter: 4x Olympic 🥇 8x World Champion
Was I ever tempted to try the 100 meters? So I ran the 100 meters a few times during my career but never took it seriously. You think about sprinting and track and field, it's really difficult to be world class in one event. I happened to be world class in two, the 200 meters and 400 meters. Which are two races that traditionally did not complement one another. So that was one of the things that made my career so unique. So adding a third event, the 100 meters, would have been probably out of the question. You just can't do it. No one's capable of doing that, and I certainly wasn't. I could have run faster in the 100 meters had I really focused on it, but I never would have been able to run fast enough to be an Olympic champion. And that's what I was focused on, so that's why I stuck to my events, the 200 meters and 400 meters.