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Carl Lewis

Full name: Frederick Carleton "Carl" Lewis
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: July 1, 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Affiliations: Santa Monica Track Club, Santa Monica (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Carol Lewis.

Medals: 9 Gold, 1 Silver (10 Total)

Biography

Carl Lewis is considered by many to be the greatest track & field athlete of all time and, with nine Olympic gold medals, 10 Olympic medals, and eight gold medals at the World Championships, it is a justifiable claim. His Olympic gold medals came in 1984 (100 metres, 200 metres, 4×100 metres relay, long jump), 1988 (100 metres, long jump), 1992 (4×100 metres relay, long jump), and 1996 (long jump). His four victories in 1984 matched the record set by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games. In 1996 at Atlanta, Lewis ended his Olympic career by equalling Al Oerter's record of winning the same Olympic event four times consecutively, with Lewis's feat occurring in the long jump.

At the World Athletics Championships, Lewis won the 100 metres, long jump and ran on the winning 4×100 relay team in 1983 and 1987. In 1991, he repeated in the 100 and the relay, but finished second to Mike Powell in the greatest long jump duel in history. In that event, Lewis set his lifetime personal best of 8.87 (29-1¼), but lost out to Powell, who with a mark of 8.95 (29-4), broke the legendary world record set by Bob Beamon at the 1968 Olympics. Lewis also competed at the 1993 World Championships, finishing third in the 200. At the Pan American Games he won bronze (1979) and gold (1987) in long jump and was also a member of the gold medal winning 4×100 relay team (with Lee McNeill, Harvey Glance, and the non-Olympian Lee McRae) in 1987.

Lewis twice set individual world records at 100 metres (1988, 1991), although his 1988 world record came at the Seoul Olympics when he initially finished second behind Ben Johnson's presumed world record, although Johnson was disqualified for doping the next day. In relays he was a member of teams that posted world records at 4×100 metres six times and 4×200 metres three times. Although almost universally considered the greatest long jumper ever, he never set a world record in that event. In addition to his 1991 World Championships personal best, Lewis was denied that record in 1982, when he won the USOC National Sports Festival. Lewis had a jump estimated by most knowledgeable observers to be beyond 30 feet (9.14), but it was controversially ruled a foul, although no mark was found on the plasticine beyond the take-off mark.

Despite his performances, Lewis never achieved great popularity among fans in the United States, and even world-wide his ability outstripped his appeal. He made some attempts to start a pop singing career, but with almost disastrous results, although he has appeared in a few movies. He did become wealthy from his athletics career and many athletes credit Lewis with increasing performance fees in the sport.

Personal Bests: 100 – 9.86 (1991); 200 – 19.75 (1983); LJ – 8.87 (29-1¼) (1991).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 1 9.99 0,177 7
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.14 6
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 10.04 8
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 10.32 5
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final 1 OR 9.92 0,136 3
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 9.97 5
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 9.99 3
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Thirteen 1 QU 10.14 2

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 1 OR 19.80 0,177 7
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 20.27 6
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20.48 4
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 21.02 3
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final 2 19.79 3
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20.23 4
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20.57 6
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Ten 2 QU 20.72 8

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST L
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 37.83 8,94 5
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 38.44 9,12
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 38.89
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 37.40 8,85 4
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 38.14

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1 8.54
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 8.54
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 foul 8.54
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 pass 8.54
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 pass 8.54
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 pass 8.54
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP pass
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 8.30w
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 8.30w
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 8.30w
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 8.30w
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1 8.72
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 8.41
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 8.56w 8.56
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 8.52 8.56
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 8.72 8.72
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 8.52 8.72
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 8.08
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 2 8.08
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 8.08
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 pass 8.08
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round 1 8.67
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 8.67
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 8.33 8.67
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 foul 8.67
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 foul 8.67
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 8.50 8.67
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 8.50
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 8.68
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 8.68
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 8.68
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 pass 8.68
1992 Summer 31 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round 1 8.50
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP foul
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 8.14 8.14
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 8.50 8.50
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 pass 8.50
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 8.06 8.50
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 8.29
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 8.29
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One 4 7.93
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 7 foul 7.93
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 8.29
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