If you listened to the Iwan Thomas podcast, you’ll hear references of the 1998 Oslo 400 meter race where Mark Richardson and Iwan Thomas both defeated Michael Johnson. What is shocking is that this was MJ’s second 400m defeat going back to 1989.
Note how Richardson’s Lane 1 and Thomas Lane 6, which was the outside lane before the Bislett Stadium renovation in 2005. Obviously, the race director gave the favorites the preferential lanes.
Note also how dejected Johnson is after the race… you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear some of Thomas’ post race “bar scene” moments. Classic.
Here is that video on Youtube.
UPDATE: Sorry, the video is no longer on YouTube.