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Who is USA sprinter Michael Norman and what is his best event?

MICHAEL NORMAN will be hopeful of becoming Team USA’s next big sprint star when he competes at the Olympics this summer.

Norman is expected to take Tokyo 2020 by storm and has the hopes of his nation resting firmly on his shoulders.


Michael Norman will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics this summerCredit: Getty
Who is Team USA star Michael Norman?

Norman was born on December 3, 1997 in San Diego California.

The American sprint star stands at around 6ft 1in and weighs 82kg.

Norman competes in the 100m, 200m and 400m for Team USA and is also endorsed by Nike.

In 2020, Norman set his own personal and world best 100m time at 9.86 seconds when he ran in Forth Worth, Texas.

With that achievement, Norman became just the second person in sprinting history to record sub 10, 20 and 44 in the 100m, 200m and 400m races, respectively.

His personal best time at 200m is 19.70 seconds, which he achieved in 2019 in Rome, while he’s previously recorded a 43.45 seconds in the 400m.

As a college star, Norman set records at all his NCAA meets, running the fastest times in the indoor 400m and outdoor 4x400m relay.


Michael Norman is hoping to win gold in the 400m this summer

As a junior, Norman won double gold at the World Junior Championships, running the 200m in a record 20.17seconds.

The 23-year-old graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2019 and is coached by Quincy Watts and Caryl Smith Gilbert.

In Tokyo, Norman’s best hope for gold is in the 400m, of which he stands the current world champion.

His coach Watts, who won 400m gold at Barcelona 1992, has said: “He has a potential speed-wise to be faster than them all.

“The combination that makes him over-the-top special is he has the endurance and the stamina to go with that speed.”

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