Taking time off from his commentary duties at the World Athletics Championships, Michael Johnson underlined just why he remains a legend of not just track and field but sport in general yesterday at the London Sporting Club. The four time Olympic gold medallist and eight time world champion entertained another packed house with his extraordinary tale of glittering success between 1991 and 2000 when he was the most famous athlete in the world, describing his devastating setbacks in the early years and then his stunning feats when he produced the optimum when it mattered most. Johnson also spoke of Usain Bolt before turning his attention to the current world championships in London and all the controversy that has entailed throughout the week. He was ably abetted by an array of other sport stars, including former Olympic 400m women's champion Christine Ohuruogu, NBA star John Amaechi, former world swimming champion Karen Pickering, rugby legend Jason Leonard, and football managers Alan Pardew and Alex McLeish.
All of them were full of respect for Michael, however, as the American turned much-loved British TV sports pundit ensured that for the 80 guests packed into the dining room, it was a golden day to remember.
John Amaechi and Karen Pickering at the pre lunch drinks
London Sporting Club Chairman Ian Stafford meets Michael Johnson
Two 400 meter Olympic Champions, Michael Johnson and Christine Ohuruogu
A table full of Sport Stars: Jason Leonard, Alan Pardew, Alex McLeish, Paul Miller, Karen Pickering, Christine Ohuruogu, John Amaechi
Ian Stafford interviewing Michael Johnson
The legend that is Michael Johnson with the London Sporting Club silver postcard. Thanks to our friends at Thomas Lyte
Ian Stafford meets Alan Pardew
Karen Pickering enjoying herself