Legendary sprinter Michael Johnson says an “Olympic mindset” has enabled him to get “pretty much back to normal” just three months after suffering a stroke.
The four-time Olympic champion went to the hospital immediately after feeling a “strange tingling” down his arm and left side following a training session in September.
Johnson was unable to walk but vowed to make a rapid recovery after taking 15 minutes to cover 200 metres – the distance over which he won Olympic gold in 1996 and claimed two world titles – in hospital.
“I was achieving tiny incremental improvements and it gave me hope,” the 51-year-old told the BBC.
“I told my wife I was confident of making a full recovery and not only will I do that, I will do it faster than anybody else has done before.