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I don't want that '(A)' [for altitude] after the mark." Also in 1981, Lewis became the fastest 100 m sprinter in the world.
His relatively modest best from 1979 (10.67 s) improved to a world-class 10.21 the next year.
Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold.
He won the 200 m on June 19 at the TAC/Mobil Championships in 19.75 s, the second-fastest time in history and the low-altitude record, only 0.03 s behind Pietro Mennea's 1979 mark.
Comparisons were beginning to be made with Jesse Owens, who dominated sprint and long jump events in the 1930s.
Lewis qualified for the American team for the 1980 Olympics in the long jump and as a member of the 4 × 100 m relay team.
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.
At the end of the high school year, an old knee injury had flared up again, which might have had consequences on his fitness.