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Lewis' Olympic Feats Just Don't Stand Up

June 18, 1988

I am more than satiated with nearly four years of overkill and hyperbole regarding Carl Lewis' performance in the 1984 Olympic Games. Enough already.

Jim Murray, no less, continued the tedium and included one glaring error when he wrote (June 9): "Nobody has ever won consecutive gold medals four years apart in the 100 or 200 meters, the long jump or the 400-meter relay."

Oh? How about Frank Wykoff, a member of the winning American 400-meter teams at Amsterdam (1928, when he was fresh out of Glendale High School), at Los Angeles (1932, then at USC) and at Berlin (1936, on the "Jesse Owens team")?

Not just two, but three gold medals spanning eight years, and part of Olympic records in all three Games and world records in 1932 and '36. JOHN CHRISTIE Escondido Editor's Note: Your're right. The mistake was corrected in later editions of the paper.

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