Carl Lewis

Event: Sprints, Jumps

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 1984

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Mt. SAC Relays Highlights
Career Highlights

Simply the greatest track and field athlete of the 20th century. Winner of 9 Olympic gold medals. With his long jump victory in Atlanta in 1996, he joined Al Oerter as only the second man to win four consecutive gold medals in an individual event.

During his career Carl twice broke the world record at 100m. Although he never broke the world record in the long jump, he did enjoy a ten year span in which he went undefeated in the event.

Carl won five individual gold medals (3 at 100m, 2 in the long jump) in World Championship competition, one gold medal at the World Cup, and one Pan-Am gold medal.

In addition to his individual exploits, Carl is regarded as the greatest 4X100m Relay anchor man in history. He anchored two U.S. teams to Olympic Gold Medals, the last in a time which remains the current world world record. If not for a dropped baton in a preliminary round at the 1988 Olympics, Carl almost assuredly would have added a third relay gold medal to his collection.

Carl was always generous with time at Mt. SAC, putting his talents on display in numerous individual and relay events. In 1987, Carl was responsible for one of the most outstanding individual performances ever witnessed at the Relays, as all six of his leaps in the long jump exceeded 28 feet. Carl and his Santa Monica Track Club teammates still hold the meet and stadium records in the 4X100m relay (37.79) and 4X200m relay (1:18.68), with the 4X200 mark also the still-standing world record.

Born: 1961

College: Houston

  • 100m
    • 1980: 2nd, 10.16
    • 1982: 1st, 10.09
    • 1983: 1st, 9.93w
    • 1984: 1st, 10.06
    • 1985: 1st, 9.90w
    • 1986: 1st, 10.14
    • 1988: 5th, 10.29
    • 1992: 3rd, 10.12
  • 200m
    • 1996: 1st, 20.19
  • Long Jump
    • 1986: 1st, 27-4w (8.33m)
    • 1987: 1st, 28-9 1/4 (8.77m)
    • 1995: 1st, 26-8 1/4w (8.13m)
  • 4X100m Relay
    • 1991: 1st, 38.33
    • 1992: 1st, 37.97
    • 1993: 1st, 38.00
    • 1994: 1st, 37.79
    • 1997: 1st, 38.50
  • 4X200m Relay
    • 1991: 2nd, 1:22.98 [20.6]
    • 1994: 1st, 1:18.68 (World Record)
  • PRs:
    • 100m: 9.86 (9.78w)
    • 200m: 19.75
    • Long Jump: 29-1 1/2 (29-2 3/4w)
  • Broke World Record twice:
    • 1988: 9.92
    • 1991: 9.86
  • Broke/tied American Record 11 times:
    • 100m
    • 1981: 10.00
    • 1982: 10.00
    • 1983: 9.97
    • 1987: 9.93
    • 1988: 9.93
    • 1988: 9.92
    • 1991: 9.86
    • 200m
    • 1983: 19.75
    • long jump
    • 1981: 28-3 1/2 (8.62m)
    • 1982: 28-9 (8.76m)
    • 1983: 28-10 1/4 (8.79m)
  • Olympic Gold Medal, 1984
    • 100m: 9.99
    • 200m: 19.80
    • LJ: 28-0 1/4 (8.54m)
    • 4X100m Relay: 37.83
  • Olympic Gold Medal, 1988
    • 100m: 9.92 (World Record)
    • LJ: 28-7 1/2 (8.72m)
  • Olympic Gold Medal, 1992
    • LJ: 28-5 1/2 (8.67m)
    • 4X100m Relay: 37.40 (WR)
  • Olympic Gold Medal, 1996
    • LJ: 27-10 3/4 (8.50m)
  • Olympic Silver Medal, 1988
    • 200m: 19.79
  • World Champion, 1983
    • 100m: 10.07
    • LJ: 28-0 3/4 (8.55m)
  • World Champion, 1987
    • 100m: 9.93
    • LJ: 28-5 1/2 (8.67m)
  • World Champion, 1991
    • 100m: 9.86 (World Record)
  • World Championship Silver Medal, 1991
    • long jump: 29-2 3/4w (8.91m)
  • Pan-Am Champion, 1987
    • LJ: 28-8 1/2 (8.75m)
  • World Cup Long Jump Champion, 1981
    • 26-9 (8.15m)
  • U.S. National Champion
    • 100m
    • 1981: 10.13
    • 1982: 10.11
    • 1983: 10.27
    • 1986: 9.91w
    • 1990: 10.05
    • 200m
    • 1983: 19.75 AR
    • 1987: 20.12
    • long jump
    • 1981: 28-3 1/2
    • 1982: 27-10
    • 1983: 28-10 1/4
    • 1986: 28-5 1/2
    • 1987: 28-4 1/2
    • 1991: 28-4 1/4

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