American icon Michael Johnson debunks 'fundamentaly flawed' and 'unproven' threory in sprinting

American icon Michael Johnson debunks 'fundamentaly flawed' and 'unproven' threory in sprinting

Mark Kinyanjui 19:36 - 16.04.2024

Johnson has slammed an 'unproven and flawed' theory in sprinting

American sprinting icon Michael Johnson has challenged the notion that sprinters recording fast times in April are at risk of 'peaking too early', insisting that early-season performances are merely a glimpse of athletes' capabilities.

In recent times, numerous sprinters have clocked impressive times during the early stages of the season, only to falter at major championships. 

One such example is Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala, who set an impressive time at last year's Kip Keino Classic but failed to shine at the Budapest championships, finishing seventh in the final.

Omanyala was actually the World Number One heading into the championships after further dominating display at the Monaco Diamond league classic.

Addressing this trend, Johnson, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time world champion, took to his social media platform, X, to dispel the myth surrounding early-season performances.

“Fast times in April don’t necessarily guarantee continued success in the following months,” Johnson wrote. 

“It simply showcases what an athlete is capable of at their best. The next challenge is replicating that performance during the crucial moments 2-3 months down the line.

“Moreover, setting a fast time in April doesn’t preclude an athlete from achieving similar feats later in the season. The 'peaked too early' theory lacks evidence and is fundamentally flawed.”

Johnson's comments shed light on the complexities of sprinting and the challenges athletes face in maintaining peak performance throughout the season.

 While early-season success can be a positive indicator of an athlete's form, it does not guarantee sustained success in the latter stages of the season.

As athletes continue to prepare for upcoming competitions, Johnson's insights serve as a reminder that early-season performances should be viewed as a starting point, with the ultimate test lying in the ability to deliver when it matters most.