In addition, he completed a 156-kilometer ultramarathon in the Sahara desert. He was 71 years old when he did it. 14.2 The Guinness Book of World Records has correctly labeled him "The World's Greatest Living Explorer." How does he manage it? By running across some of the most inhospitable territory on earth. He lives and works in the United Kingdom. Ranulph Fiennes is one of only three people who have run both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The other two men are Steve Jones and Joe Kittinger.
He started out running for recreation in 1995. But he soon realized that he was better at it than anyone else, so he decided to take his hobby seriously. He entered various races around the world, including the legendary Marathon des Sables in Morocco. This is a 142-mile race that goes through sand dunes for every distance from 26 miles to 100 kilometers (163 miles). It was first held in 2007. Ranulph ended up coming in second place behind another human source. He had beaten Eric Andersson from Sweden by just eight minutes!
Ranulph has also run across the American continent. In 2001, he ran from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, which is estimated to be a total distance of 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles). That's more than half way around the world! He finished his trip a few months later, in February 2002.
He is the first black African Olympic gold medalist, having won his first gold medal while racing barefoot at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome... Bikila, Abebe
|Event(s)||Marathon, 10,000 m|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Marathon – 2:12:11.2 (Tokyo 1964) 10,000 m – 29:00.8 (Berlin 1962)|
Michael Johnson owns the Olympic and world 400-meter sprint records. He also still retains the world record for the quickest 300-meter sprint time. He has four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals to his name.
Johnson was born on January 4, 1975 in North Carolina. He started running when he was nine years old after seeing a track and field event on television. His father took him to his first race later that year and from then on he was not willing to run any other way. He became one of the best high school runners in the country during his senior year at Durham's Hillside High School where he set several national records. He went on to become one of the greatest sprinters of all time.
He made his international debut for America at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Greece. There he won a silver medal with the American 4x400-meter relay team, which ended up being the best result for an American at the tournament. The following year he finished fourth at the 1998 United States Olympic Trials in the 400 meters, but managed to get into the team by winning the 100 meters trial event. At the 1999 World Championships in Sydney, Australia, Johnson won his first gold medal by outrunning France's Tony Yoka to claim the top spot ahead of another French runner, Stéphane Diès.