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Steve Lewis

Full name: Steven Earl "Steve" Lewis
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: May 16, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles (USA) / Santa Monica Track Club, Santa Monica (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Although an unknown 19-year-old in 1988, Steve Lewis had a spectacular season, completely rewriting the world junior all-time list in the 400 m, and winning an Olympic gold medal. Lewis had been third at the US Olympic Trials, and was not considered a potential medalist before the Olympic 400 m final, with [Butch Reynolds] heavily favored. In the Olympic final Lewis set an early fast pace, and although Reynolds closed near the finish, Lewis held on to win in 43.87, a time that still stands (as of 2016) as a world junior record. Lewis won a second gold medal three days later, as a member of the victorious US 4x400 m relay team that equaled the world record of 2:56.16 that had stood since the 1968 Olympics. In 1990, Lewis won the NCAA Championships in the 400 m and went on to win the US title in the same event. In 1992, Lewis again competed at the Olympics in Barcelona and won silver in the 400 and gold in the 4×400, which broke the world record (2:55.74) that Lewis had previously helped tie in the 1988 Olympic Games. Lewis was later hampered by injury and an ongoing viral illness, and never again competed internationally.

Personal Best: 400 – 43.87 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics United States Final 1 43.87 6
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 44.35 3
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 44.41 5
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 45.31 7
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics United States Final 2 44.21 7
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 44.50 3
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 44.54 5
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics United States Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 45.14 3

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics United States USA Final 1 =WR 2:56.16 43,69
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 3:02.84
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:02.16
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 2:55.74 43,41
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