BRISBANE, Australia — Michael Johnson's storied career ended Friday night in appropriate fashion — with a victory.
Johnson anchored the United States 1,600-meter relay team to the gold medal at the Goodwill Games before a boisterous crowd at ANZ Stadium that came to witness the final championship race of one of track and field's greatest performers.
As he crossed the finish line, the 29,973 fans gave him a standing ovation and he was congratulated by his relay teammates, Derrick Brew, Leonard Byrd and Antonio Pettigrew.
The whole atmosphere moved Johnson.
"When we took a victory lap, it was very emotional," Johnson said. "I'm happy. It's difficult to be sad. My career has been unbelievable. There is nothing I regret."
The medal added to Johnson's already glittering array that includes five Olympic gold medals and nine World Championships gold medals.
Coincidentally, Johnson began his international career at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle. He also competed in the 1994 Games at St. Petersburg, Russia, and the 1998 Games at Uniondale, N.Y., anchoring the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team to the world record.