American track legend Michael Johnson has launched a lucrative new athletics league.

Grand Slam Track will aim to bring together the world’s elite runners, offering $100,000 as a top prize.

Starting in April 2025, the new format will be to have a prize fund of $12.6 million split over four events.

Grand Slam Track will feature four meetings each year, with two hosted in the United States.

Athletes will compete in two events each and 48 will be contracted to the league.

American Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, the Olympic and world 400m hurdles champion, has been announced as the first athlete to join the league.

Finances in athletics has become a talking point in recent months, with World Athletics announcing in April it would pay prize money to Olympic athletes.

Earlier this month, the governing body announced a new global championship to start in 2026 with gold medallists receiving 150-thousand

World Athletics said its championship would have $10-million available in prize money.

The Diamond League currently offers a $30-thousand in prize for those athletes winning an event across its 15 meetings.

Johnson says athletes deserve to be compensated, he says the structure of the sport in the past has not compensated those athletes to take that risk to go and compete against the best athletes in the sport.

Michael Johnson.