Carl Lewis Explains How Being An All-Round Track Star Helped His Performance

Published 09/26/2021, 4:40 AM EDT
(GERMANY OUT) Lewis, Carl – Athlete, Tracks and Fields, USA – portrait at the ISTAF (Photo by Probst/ullstein bild via Getty Images)


The former American athlete, Carl Lewis, is one of the most decorated athletes of all time, winning 10 Olympic medals and 10 World Championship medals. He competed across track and field, plying his trade in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and long jump.

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The G.O.A.T. of athletics in the 1980s and 1990s inherited this talent from his parents. His mother Evelyn née Lawler Lewis was a hurdler on the 1951 Pan-Am team. His elder brother, Cleveland Lewis, used to play professionally for a soccer club named -Memphis Rogues.

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However, Lewis trumped them all and spoke about how multiple events affected his performance.

In one of his recent tweets, he responded to a fan query, asking him if he could have been better at any single event had he exclusively focused on that. Lewis said, “Multiple events did affect my maximum performance in each event. I was aware of that when I decided to go for all events. I didn’t want to look back and wonder if I could have achieved all four.

Looking at his dominance and success, he would never have to look back or wonder at all.

The Olympic star- Carl Lewis

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Lewis was an active athlete between 1979 to 1996. During this period, the American was able to claim unforgettable feats. To begin with, he is one out of six Olympic athletes to secure a gold medal in the same individual event in four back-to-back Olympic Games. He produced chart-topping performances in all of his events.

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 11: Carl Lewis #915 of the USA runs the anchor leg of the Men’s 4x100m relay race of the Track and Field competition of the 1984 Olympic Games held on August 11, 1984 in the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

As a result, he set records in 100m, 200m as well as in Long Jump. Lewis dominated Long Jump and created both indoor and outdoor long jump records of 8.56m (28′-1”) and 8.62m (28′-3.5”). In 1983, he ran with a remarkable timing of 19.75 seconds in the 200m, and later, in 1988, he clocked 9.78 in the 100m. However, later these records were broken by the next legend in line, Usain Bolt.

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Despite being overshadowed in each individual event, Lewis’ collective achievements and stories of success will continue to inspire the entire world. What do you make of his comments?

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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