US Olympic Legend Carl Lewis Gives Crucial 100m Advice to Jamaican World Champion Following His Footsteps

Published 10/26/2021, 8:21 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 27: Team USA Olympian Carl Lewis speaks during Team USA’s Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual on April 27, 2016 in New York City. The event marks 100 days until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images for USOC)


During his illustrious career, Carl Lewis attained immense success, the kind no track and field athlete has achieved to date. The American athlete not only dominated the sprinting events but also triumphed in the long jump events.

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Carl Lewis had secured 10 Olympic medals in 100m, 200m, 400m, and long jump events. However, a Jamaican long jumper recently expressed his interest in sprinting after achieving success in the long jump event. Hence, the versatile man himself, Lewis, sent him important advice that would help him dominate both events.

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 “Go for it”- Carl Lewis motivates Jamaican athlete

Olympian and current world champion in the long jump, Tajay Gayle took to his Twitter, announcing the news. Gayle, who has already proved himself in the long jump event, will now compete in the 100m race.

Tajay said, “Well its official, I’ll be running 100m next season. Sigh didn’t wanna do this to the sprinters but oh well Wish me luck.”

Carl Lewis is undeniably the only athlete who has triumphed in sprinting and long jump events. Lewis sent Tajay a motivating, yet constructive piece of advice as he starts his new journey. Carl wrote, “It’s definitely can be done, so I say to go for it. Remember, the way to win two is to dominate one first. My sprinting came when the long jump was rock solid. I’m sure @kaystreete will tell you the same.”

He further added, “Long jump 8.50 consistently or forget it.”

 

Kareem Streete-Thompson was also a successful athlete in 100m and long jump events. Although, not as much as Carl. Kareem also tweeted his views on competing in both events, and also praised Carl for his astonishing achievements. “Two totally different events. Two totally different mindsets. There’s a reason why only one man was able to dominate those two events over decades. Much respect…” said Kareem

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)

Who is Tajay Gayle?

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Jamaican athlete Tajay Gayle is the world champion in the long jump event. Hailing from a country of sprinters, Tajay had become the first-ever Jamaican athlete to clinch the gold medal in the men’s long jump event.

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His personal best in the long jump event is 8.69 m, while in 100m is 10.18 seconds. Do you think Tajay can walk effectively in the footsteps of Carl Lewis and dominate such diverse events?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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