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JOHNSON BACKS MOVE TO PRIZE MONEY IN TRACK

Michael Johnson would have no qualms if track and field became a prize-money sport instead of an appearance-fee sport.

"I'm drawing the biggest fee in the sport," Johnson said, "but I feel confident that I can go out there and win and still get the money. We can make the sport better with prize money rather than appearance fees."

Johnson, perhaps the biggest marquee name in the sport, can command $100,000 or more at some meets.

Switching to prize money would enhance interest in the sport, something desperately needed in the United States, Johnson said.

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