Track and Field
Carl Lewis won the long jump in 1982 at Indianapolis with a mark of 28 feet 9 inches, which, at the time, was the second-longest ever behind Bob Beamon's 29-2 1/2 and still ranks fifth on the all-time list. On his previous jump, however, witnesses are convinced that Lewis went over the 30-foot mark, only to have it nullified by a controversial foul call.
"I knew it was a big jump," he said. "I don't know whether it was 30 feet, but I knew it was longer than the world record because they had a mark on the side of the pit at 29-2 1/2. I clearly landed past that. But before I could get excited, I turned around and saw the red flag.
"I said, 'Wait a minute!' You can feel the difference between a foul and a legal jump. I knew I didn't foul. I ran back to the board and didn't see a mark in the Plasticine. But the official said, 'I saw a foul; rake the pit.' It was a mistake. When a jumper is running that fast, you can't see whether he fouls with the naked eye. That's why we have the Plasticine.