Michael Johnson: Best and worst moments

From winning gold at Athens 2004 to a car accident just before the World Championships in 2006, Johnson relives his career. 30 Aug 2016
Para-Shooter Michael Johnson

Para-Shooter Michael Johnson sights his target at the Mt Eden Shooting Range following the selection announcement of the New Zealand Para-Shooting team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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By Jake Smith | For the IPC

New Zealand’s Michael Johnson has been his country’s top shooter for more than a decade, since winning gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.


Since then he has won two bronze medals in R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2) at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.


At Rio 2016 he will head into his fourth Paralympics targeting two golds in R4 and R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2).


Here Johnson shares the best and worst moments of his illustrious career so far.


My best moments


1. Definitely winning gold and setting a world record in Athens 2004. It seemed like an impossible thing to do at the time and there were so many obstacles and people in my way from when I first started the sport, but everything came together at the right moment.


2. Winning the 2006 World Championships. One of my hardest competitions because of the events that happened only days earlier.


3. Being the flag bearer for the 2012 London Paralympics. To be given the honour of leading the New Zealand team into the stadium was pretty special and is pretty much a once in a lifetime opportunity.


My worst moments


1. 2006 World Championships, two days before my R5 prone event, our team was affected by a motor vehicle accident on the way to the 50m range.


2. Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 shooting 599/600 in R5 prone and not even making the final. Tough competition but that's what makes us come back to keep trying.


3. All those 9.9's at the wrong time in big competitions. It happens to everybody, but it's about carrying on and never giving up.




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