Great Olympians

Biographies - LEW


Charles Lewenhaupt

Olympic Competitor nr 6703


Gustaf Lewenhaupt

Olympic Competitor nr 5839


Jacob Lewin

Olympic Competitor nr 5212


Frederic Carlton "Carl" Lewis

B. 1961-07-01, USA
Track and Field (9 gold, 1 silver)
1984 1988 1992 1996 HP
Long Jump gold gold gold gold 76800
100 m gold gold 12800
4 x 100 m gold gold 3200
200 m gold silver 10400
103200

Winner of the Long Jump at Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta.
Arguable the greatest sprinter of all time, he only rarely produced world-record performances. Long time the only jumper to jump over 8.50, he got only to within 3cm of Beamon's world record. When he did surpass 8.90, it was with a tail wind in the Tokyo World Championships, finishing second behind new World-record holder Mike Powell. In the 100m, he often ran near to 9.90, but when he broke that barrier, it was again in second place, behind Ben Johnson. When Johnson was caught for doping in Seoul, he also lost his Rome world record and for some time, Lewis was world record holder. His times as part of the USA 4x100 relay (and those for the Santa Monica track team) will be harder to beat.
In '96 he became the second American athlete (since Al Oerter) to qualify for 5 consecutive Olympics. He managed to equal Oerter's and Paul Elvström's achievements of four individual titles.
He was also world champion at 100 m in 1983, 1987 and 1991, and at Long Jump in 1983 and 1987.


Colin Lewis

Olympic Competitor nr 3986


Rudolph Lewis

Olympic Competitor nr 5653


Walter Lewis

Olympic Competitor nr 4616


William Lewis

Olympic Competitor nr 778


Written 2000-12-14 - last modified 2011-08-12

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