Carl Lewis

As a winner of 10 Olympic medals (9 Gold) and 10 World Championship medals(8 Gold), few people have as successful a career as Carl Lewis. Not only was he one of the best sprinters of all time, he was also one of the top Long Jumpers of his time - something relatively rare in track and field.

Lewis is perhaps best known for his emulation of Jesse Owens' feat of 4 Gold medals in a single Olympics - Los Angeles 1984 provided the platform for this. In that, Lewis won the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and 4x100m relay Golds, breaking the Olympic record in the 200m and the world record for the sprint relay in the process.

The 1991 World Championships in Tokyo saw Lewis further his legendary status with a World Record in the 100m final with a time of 9.86 - achieved at 30 years old - another World Record in the 4x100m, and a showdown with Mike Powell in the Long Jump final. Despite coming out of the latter in 2nd place, the two athletes pushed each other to such extremes that the 8.90m mark - a feat not achieved for 22 years, was broken twice.

Having been involved in some of the most famous track and field battles in history, having achieved the amazing feat of 4 Golds in a single Olympics, and having won 65 Long Jump competitions in a row before his defeat to Mike Powell in 1991, Carl Lewis is rightly seen alongside Michael Johnson as one of the 20th Century's best ever athletes.


  1. Jesse Owens
  2. Michael Johnson
  3. Paula Radcliffe
  4. Roger Bannister
  5. Kelly Holmes
  6. Maurice Greene
  7. Haile Gebrselassie
  8. Hicham El Geurrouj
  9. Merlene Ottey




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