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LEWIS Carl

Carl LEWIS

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One of the greatest athletes of all time

Carl Lewis, as one of only four Olympic athletes to have won nine Olympic gold medals, is widely recognised as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

Matching Jesse Owens

At the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Lewis emulated his boyhood idol Jesse Owens by winning gold in the 100m, the 200m, the long jump and the 4x100m relay. A superstar was born.

Further Olympic joy

At the 1988 Seoul Games, Lewis defended his 100m title after Ben Johnson was disqualified. He also defended his long jump title and claimed silver in the 200m. Four years later in Barcelona, he won a third gold medal in the long jump, defeating world record holder Mike Powell by just three centimetres. He also anchored the world record-setting US relay team.

One last golden jump

Lewis only just scraped into the US Olympic long jump team for the 1996 Atlanta Games. He then needed all three jumps to qualify for the final. However in the final, he majestically moved into first place with his third jump and stayed there.

Olympic records

His success in the long jump made Carl Lewis one of only three Olympians to win the same individual event four times. He is also one of only four Olympic athletes to win nine gold medals.

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Gallery

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Take the Mic: Carl Lewis

The American legend commentates on the gold medal he won in 1984 and his long jump in the Olympic Games of 1988 and Atlanta 1996.
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Running shoe worn by Carl Lewis at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles

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Carl Lewis finishing first in the 200m

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Carl Lewis carrying an American flag during his victory lap after winning the 100m

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Atlanta 1996-Long Jump-Carl LEWIS (USA) 1st.
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Atlanta 1996-Long Jump-Carl LEWIS (USA) 1st.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 8.50
    Athletics
    long jump men
  • G 8.67
    Athletics
    long jump men
    G 37.40
    Athletics
    4x100m relay men
  • G 9.92
    Athletics
    100m men
    S 19.79
    Athletics
    200m men
    G 8.72
    Athletics
    long jump men
  • G 37.83
    Athletics
    4x100m relay men
    G 9.99
    Athletics
    100m men
    G 8.54
    Athletics
    long jump men
    G 19.80
    Athletics
    200m men

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