August 8, 2009 |
Los Angeles was host to the Summer Olympics 25 years ago. This 12th part of a 16-day series looks back at Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1984. The big news Carl Lewis, with two gold medals in hand from these Olympics, won the 200 meters on this day, putting him within one of Jesse Owens' record four from the 1936 Olympics. The thing of it is, Lewis wasn't running full speed because of what he termed a "sore leg," he acknowledged after the race. That is hard to believe since Lewis set the then-Olympic record of 19.80 seconds, which Michael Johnson would break in the '98 Atlanta Games with a time of 19.32.
June 20, 1986 |
The Lakers' Magic Johnson is fond of saying, "It's winning time," when a game is on the line. Carl Lewis is apparently in the same frame of mind now at the USA/Mobil National outdoor track and field championships, while admitting that he wasn't focused on the 1986 season previously. Lewis, who won four gold medals in the 1984 Olympic Games, looked sharp Thursday in first-round heats of the 100 meters and 200 meters and qualifying for the long jump.
June 26, 1987 |
Carl Lewis began his quest for three gold medals in the USA-Mobil outdoor track and field championships Thursday by breezing to qualifying heat victories in the men's 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and qualifying for the long jump final. Lewis, winner of the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the long jump in the 1983 national championships at Indianapolis, is trying to win those three events again this year. The 200 and long jump finals will be contested today, with the 100 final on Saturday.
June 14, 1985 |
One of the notable aspects of Carl Lewis' distinguished athletic career has been his consistent excellence as a sprinter. World-class sprinters often disappear as fast as they run. For example, what has happened to Calvin Smith and Sam Graddy? They were members of a world record-breaking 400-meter relay team last August at the Olympic Games, but they're also-rans now. Smith is the world record-holder in the 100 meters at 9.93 seconds, a mark he achieved in 1983.
June 28, 1987 |
Butch Reynolds verified again that he's most likely the best 400-meter sprinter in the world. Triple jumper Mike Conley reaffirmed that there probably isn't a better athlete in the closing stages of a competition. And Carl Lewis showed that he is human by finishing second in the 100 meters. Reynolds held off Arkansas' Roddie Haley, as he did in the NCAA meet, to win the 400 in the USA-Mobil outdoor track and field championships Saturday at San Jose City College. Reynolds' winning time of 44.
May 18, 1987
Texas A&M sophomore Floyd Heard set a collegiate record of 19.95 in the 200 meters at the Southwest Conference Track and Field Championships at Lubbock, Tex. The old mark was was 19.96, set by Houston's Kirk Baptiste at the 1984 Olympic Trials.