Carl Lewis

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Date of Birth July 1, 1961
Place of Birth Birmingham, Alabama
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Carl Lewis

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996, when he last won an Olympic event. He is one of only three Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games. Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events frequently from 1981 to the early 1990s. He set world records in the 100 m, 4 × 100 m and 4 × 200 m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984. His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks. Over the course of his athletics career, Lewis broke 10 seconds for the 100 meters fifteen times and 20 seconds for the 200 meters ten times.

Country: United States of America
Sport: Athletics
Event(s): 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, 4 × 100 m relay
College team: Houston Cougars
Club: Santa Monica Track Club
Retired: 1997
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About Carl Lewis

Former US track and field athlete who won 9 gold medals in the Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, and Atlanta Olympics.

Before Fame

He was trained under the tutelage of his father at their family-owned athletics club.

Achievement

He was ready to make his Olympic debut in 1980, but had to sit it out because of America's boycott of the games in Moscow.

Family Life

He married Maria Lewis. The couple has one son.

Associations

He has been quoted as being skeptical of the abilities of Usain Bolt.

Information related to Carl Lewis

  • 100 metres at the World Championships in Athletics - The 100 metres at the World Championships in Athletics has been contested by both men and women since the inaugural edition in 1983. It is the second most prestigious 100 m title after the 100 metres at the Olympics.
  • Houston Cougars men's track and field athletes
  • Devotees of Sri Chinmoy
  • James E. Sullivan Award recipients
  • Sportspeople from Burlington County, New Jersey
  • World record holders in masters athletics
  • American male long jumpers
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1979 Pan American Games
  • Chicago Bulls draft picks
  • African-American male track and field athletes
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1987 Pan American Games
  • American sportspeople in doping cases
  • Olympic silver medalists for the United States in track and field
  • Sportspeople from Birmingham, Alabama
  • Congressional Gold Medal recipients
  • Olympic gold medalists for the United States in track and field
  • American male sprinters
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