Carl Lewis’ name was a household name a few years back as an extraordinary olympic style sports athlete in the world. In the wake of resigning from the sport in 1996, Lewis in his last Olympics, had a sensational goodbye, winning his fourth-sequential gold medal in the long Jump.
At age 30, he made the best accomplishment, breaking the world 100m record with a time of 9.86 while winning the event at the 1991 World Championships.
Subsequent to quitting from track and field, Lewis had several opportunities set before him, including being the Assistant Coach, Track and Field as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Houston, in the United States. Since Lewis took charge for the Cougars group, the group have madw resounding successes in the sprints during both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
They have moreover, asserted their second consecutive NCAA title in the 4×100-meter relay and earned consecutive third-place completes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships moored by solid performance in the runs and relays.
Lewis assumed a vital function in the Cougars 2017 Men’s 4×100-meter Relay NCAA Championships. Working with the runners, Lewis’ group of John Lewis III, Mario Burke, Jacarias Martin and Cameron Burrell ran 38.44 to break the school record and guarantee the gold decorations. Lewis’ competitors in the runs and bounces asserted nine individual American Athletic Conference Championships in 2017.
In his initial two seasons, Lewis helped lead the Cougars to nine individual American Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA next in line completed in the 60-meter run and the 4×100-meter transfer in 2016.
Lewis is known as probably the best athlete in the world winning 10 Olympic awards, nine of those gold, and 10 big showdown medals. He actually holds the school records for the indoor 55-meter run (6.07) and both indoor and outside long Jump records 8.56m (28′- 1″) and 8.62m (28′- 3.5″). A six-time All-American, Lewis won six national titles and nine individual national titles during his two seasons at Houston.
Lewis came to Houston to run for lead trainer Tom Tellez in 1979. After a year, he showed up on the national scene when he qualified for the United States team for the 1980 Olympics in the long Jump and 4×100 hand-off team.
From that point forward, he contended in four Olympic Games as a member from team USA. He held the world record in the men’s 100-meter run in 1991, until his associate Burrell broke the record in 1994. The two were additionally a part of the US 4×100 baton team that broke the world record during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Carl Lewis’ achievements are unprecedented in track and field: He is one of two athletes to win nine Olympic gold medals. Similarly, he is one of two to win four golds in the same event.
He also won 10 medals, including eight golds, at the World Outdoor Championships, the most by any athlete in the world. Growing up in Willingboro, N.J., Lewis came from an athletic family, and yet he blossomed late in his high school career.
By 1984, he had already ranked number one in the world in both the 100 meters and long jump for three consecutive years. In Los Angeles, he matched Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat with four gold medals in the same events — the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay.
Lewis’ talent was matched by his longevity. At the 1988 Olympics, he won the 100 meters and long jump. In 1992, he again won the long jump as well as the 4x100m, anchoring the U.S. team to a world record of 37.40.
In his 17 year athletic career he has earned an array of accolades and nicknames, such as ‘Olympian of the century’, ‘King Carl’, ‘Sportsman of the Century’ and ‘the Son of the Wind’.
These names speak for themselves as to why Carl is one of the most world renowned athletes of all time. Interestingly, Lewis was bound to be a musician but had to fall into athletics for obvious reasons.
In 2009, Carl was nominated Goodwill Ambassador for FAO and YUNGA. In this capacity, Carl has supported both the Run for Food race and the 1billionhungry project, the International Year of Forests, the World Humanitarian Day 2011, the Race Against Hunger and the Horn of Africa fundraising campaign.
Carl is actively taking part in an online social media (Twitter and Facebook) campaign to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals.