Carl Lewis
Updated: 2007-07-26 21:08



Carl Lewis
Los Angeles, 4 August 1984, Coliseum Stadium. Men's 100m final of the Games of the XXIII Olympiad: Carl LEWIS of the United States after his victory. Credit: Getty Images/DUFFY Tony

Other names:

LEWIS, Carleton Frederick

LEWIS, Carleton

Born: 1 July 1961

Birthplace: Birmingham (United States)

Nationality: United States

Sport: Athletics


Los Angeles 1984

Seoul 1988

Barcelona 1992

Atlanta 1996


Olympic medals:

Gold: 9

Silver: 1

Other results:

World Championships

Gold: 8 (83, 87, 91)

Silver: 1 (91)

Bronze: 1 (93)

King Carl

Carl Lewis is one of only four Olympic athletes to win nine gold medals and one of only three to win the same individual event four times. In 1984, Lewis matched Jesse Owens' feat of winning four gold medals with victories in the 100m, the 200m, the long jump and the 4x100m relay. At the 1988 Seoul Games, Lewis gained a second gold medal in the 100m after Ben Johnson was disqualified. He also defended his long jump title and finished second in the 200m. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Lewis won a third gold medal in the long jump, defeating world record holder Mike Powell by three centimetres. He also anchored the world record-setting U.S. relay team. In 1996, Lewis barely qualified for the U.S. Olympic squad, placing third in the long jump trials by only three centimetres. At the Atlanta Games, he needed all three jumps to qualify for the final. In the final, he moved into first place with his third jump and no one was able to catch him. Twelve years after his triumphs in Los Angeles (or, as Lewis put it, "fourteen hairstyles" later), Carl Lewis was still the Olympic long jump champion.

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