Olympic Competitor nr 6703
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Olympic Competitor nr 5212
B. 1961-07-01, USA
Track and Field (9 gold, 1 silver)
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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.
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Written 2000-12-14 - last modified 2011-08-12
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