Tag Archive: Carl Lewis

Greg Rutherford has been long touted to take British long jumping to new realms but a little touch of the art of great Carl Lewis, the undisputed master of the game, seems to launch him towards the heights of his potential.

A tweak on his take-off phase out of the book of the American four-time Olympic champion, overseen by coach Dan Pfaff,  is paying already handsome dividents as he reached a new PB of 8.35m as early as his third showing this season, equalling Chris Tomlinson‘s British record in the process.

After all, Rutherford is a useful sprinter himself, holding a PB of 10.26 secs over 100m, so such a tune-up was always bound to fall in nicely with his gear.

Chula Vista, near San Diego in California, may be widely regarded as a heaven for discus throwers but looks also to turn a happy ground in the case of the 25-year-old Briton who had matched the Olympic A standard of 8.20 (1.2m/sec) on his previous call at the venue a week earlier.

All the same, Rutherford had trouble adapting his run-up on the runway in the early to middle stages as he twice came shy of the board to record 7.89m (2.1m/sec) and 8.02m (1.9m/sec) where he simply ran through when he readjusted on the third effort.

But it all eventually came together in the very next attempt as he rode on a perfect tailwind of 2.0m/sec to land that big new lifetime best and sweep to the summit of the global rankings, erasing a previous marker of 8.30m that stood since the qualifying round in Berlin in 2009.

Suffice it to say that such a distance raises him as a genuine medal contender in London and he apparently felt content with his day work to pass on his last couple of attempts and save for more demanding occasions later into the season.

Surveying the scene from a largely new perspective, the co-British record holder is turning now his sights firmly on his first serious mission of the season at the opening leg of the new Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, where he will be aiming to establish himself in the driving seat of the event early on the way to the Olympics.

Also lining up will be Tomlinson himself to set up a first head-to-head at the forefront of the British scene although it might be a journey into the unknown to an extent for the latter on his first outing since the final in Daegu early last September.

An operation and a consequent delayed build-up due to a lengthy rehabilitation stretching into the winter spelt a later opener to the season and the European bronze medallist could just be looking to get a feel of his current shape and regain his footing on the international stage before he engages higher gears.


Following the capture of his third IAAF Athlete Of The Year award, sprint superstar Usain Bolt voiced his desire to line up the men’s 4x400m relay on top of defending his three Olympic titles in London come summer in an attempt to emulate Carl Lewis‘s quadruple in a single Olympia in Los Angeles back in 1984.

A goal that could also represent an incentive to spur the Jamaican on to take his game up a level on what he has achieved so far and reach new grounds of success, having often expressed a lack of motivation to carry on at the same intensity in the sport since 2009. But that defeat to Tyson Gay (USA) over 100m in Stockholm last year definitely may have been a blessing in disguise to help rekindle his hunger.

Of course, even if he eventually brings off that mighty challenge it would not be quite on level with the feat of Lewis, who arrayed three individual golds to equal in turn legendary Jesse Owens‘s monumental golden haul across the very same line of events (100, 200, long jump & 4x100m) in Berlin in 1936.

But there begs the question, is it feasible for Bolt? At a first look, it sounds so exciting as a prospect but it may prove a great deal harder to achieve, or even out of reach, put into practice.

Michael Johnson, the greatest ever 400m runner to grace the athletics stage, has swiftly followed up on the announcement to cast serious doubts over whether Bolt is capable of pulling off such a massive task, mainly on the grounds that he would struggle to combine the required training to sustain such a pursuit.

The American reckons that Bolt could succeed over the longer distance but adds he would be surprised if that ever turned into shape. The reason is plain and simple, the Jamaican has said time and again he doesn’t like the training concerned and it’s where the matter ought to end.

You can afford to be a little lazy in the 100, or even the 200m, if you’ve got the talent to go the distance, but you would never go far if you don’t put in the tough and highly demanding training that an event like the 400m requires to succeed. Speed is a blessing but isn’t going to take you far if you haven’t got the strength and endurance platform to carry you round a whole lap of the track.

Arguably, Bolt could be carried away by a blistering anchor leg well inside 44 secs he ran two springs ago which can be misguiding into his decision. That was during his pre-season build-up when he was still doing plenty of long runs and endurance work in training, so it all came out rather naturally. Yet, in order to replicate such a run in the Olympics he will have to carry a considerable amount of such training all the way through up there, which forms the tricky part of the equation.

Sustaining such training deep into the season could affect his sheer speed over his main distances and therefore compromise his chances to defend his very own titles successfuly. Something he cannot afford especially at a time when a new menacing force looks to emerge in the semblance of training partner Yohan Blake, while Gay himself has shown the potential to run faster than ever.

In addition, fatigue run up through the endless rounds of either the 100, 200m, whereas he could be rested in the short relay heats, leading up to the 4x400m could take its dent in the end, another consideration to take on board. On the other hand, the clash of the two latter events with the 4x400m heats in the second half of the Olympic schedule shouldn’t be so much of a problem as the Jamaicans ought to have enough personnel well-equipped to do the job for them. Bolt coule be waiting in the wings and come on only in the final.

Finally, even on the chance that everything en route falls to Bolt’s wishes up to the long relay, his fate wouldn’t be entirely in his hands still. His compatriots will have to match the strength in depth of the Americans and that is not going to be easy, in particular if Jeremy Warriner returns fully fit and flowing and with Lashawn Merritt having regained his eligibility to compete.

The greatest, most enthralling battle ever waged in the long jump pit and there will probably never be another of this kind. Carl Lewis leads most of the way carving out the most sensational series ever seen, averaging 8.81m (!!) on the way, but still Mike Powell digs deep into his resources to come up with an astonishing world-record of 8.95m (0.3m/sec) late in the fifth round to snatch gold out of his hands. What a competition!

Carl Lewis storms through from well behind to snatch gold at the death from global record holder Leroy Burrell in the 100m, setting a new world record of 9.86 secs in the 100m. Burrell, for his part, equals his own, former now, record in 9.88 secs but has to settle for only silver and Linford Christie can’t get his hands on a medal despite smashing the European record in 9.92 secs for fourth! A year later, a time of 9.96 secs was enough for a convincing Olympic title in Barcelona…

Liz McColgan turns in a gutsy showing of front-running to destroy the field and win the women’s 10000m by a mile, her greatest moment.

Aces high… Charles Austin stuns Xavier Sotomayor in a breathtaking battle way high up in the skies of the high jump

Great Britain reserve a thrilling curtain drawer to the championships as they turn a major upset on a powerful USA team in the 4x400m. Britain’s gamble to employ Roger Black on the lead-off and Kriss Akabusi on the anchor instead pays off as the latter’s strength overhauls individual 400m champion Antonio Pettigrew to gold. A most memorable and remarkable performance off a team containing just two 400m speciallists!


British medalists

Golds (2): Liz McColgan (10000m), Great Britain Men’s 4x400m (Roger Black, Derek Redmond, John Regis, Kriss Akabusi)

Silvers (2): Roger Black (400m), Sally Gunnell (400mh)

Bronzes (3): Tony Jarrett (110mh), Kriss Akabusi (400mh), Great Britain Men’s 4x100m (Tony Jarrett, John Regis, Darren Braithwaite, Linford Christie)


World Championships 1991 Results –  Top 8







Great Said Aouita adds the world title to his Olympic crown from LA 1984 as he holds off Domingos Castro (POR) and Jack Buckner in the last lap burn-up in style. Tim Hutchings, Eurosport’s top athletics commentator, is in that final as well.

The King’s reign is shaking but he still survives the onslaught even by the skin of his teeth. Edwin Moses comes under immense pressure off the final hurdle by Danny Harris, the man who ended his almost 10-year-long unbeaten streak, and Europe’f finest Harald Schmidt (FRG) but hangs on to his second world title by a narrowest margin, a mere 0.02 secs separating the three medalists (47.46-47.48)

What can happen when the pressure is off and gold in the bag! Stefka Konstantinova (BUL), having survived a major scare at 2.04, soars over a mighty 2.09m for a new world record in the women’s high jump, which still stands to our days.

Carl Lewis demonstrates in full that he lies way beyond anyone else in the long jump to carve together a stunning series – watch the display of his first three jumps on the screen (8.67, 8.66, 8.67)!! Robert Emiyan (URS), having jumped a European record of 8.86m at altitude cannont grind out any sort of response.

She may have started slowly in the first round but Fatima Whitbread starts pounding out some monster throws to peak in a 76.64m that wrapped up gold in comprehensive manner over world record holder Petra Felke (CDR), Britain’s sole as it turned out in the championships.

The men’s 4x400m relay draws the curtain as always with the USA team and anchor man Harry ‘Butch’ Reynolds flying to gold and the fastest sea-level time ever (2:57.29) while Great Britain set a new European record of 2:58.86 for silver anchored by Phil Brown, with Roger Black a late call-up. This is the last of a 47-part screening of the championships that you can watch whole on UTube.


British medalists

Golds (1): Fatima Whitbread (javelin)

Silvers (3): Peter Elliott (800m), Jon Ridgeon (110mh), Great Britain Men’s 4×400 (Derek Redmond, Kriss Akabussi, Roger Black, Phil Brown)

Bronzes (4): Linford Christie (100m), John Regis (200m), Colin Jackson (110mh), Jack Buckner (5000m)


World Championships 1987 Results – Top 8



(correction in the steeplechase where fifth-placed Graeme Fell was competing for Canada and not Britain opposed to 1983 in Helsini, triple jump bronze medalist Oleg Sakirkin was also competing for Soviet Union and not Kazakstan at the time)





This is a rare sight… back then! Great late Grete Waitz conquers the women’s marathon in style

Local hero and world record holder Tiina Lillak launches a last-gasp 70.83m to snatch gold of the hands of Fatima Whitbread in the very last throw of the competition – enthralling drama in the women’s javelin!

Carl Lewis (USA) opens his golden treble with a comprehensive victory over world record holder Calvin Smith in the 100m, with Allan Wells slightly out of the medals

The ‘invincible’ Daley Thompson defies a groin injury and world record holder Jurgen Hingsen (FRG) to complete the grand slam in the decathlon, setting the ground on Day I…

…. before coming back to complete his triumph on Day II

Mary Decker (USA) stages an astonishing late rally to stun Zaitseva (RUS) to the 1500m gold right when the race was looking all over in a swift 4:00.90, completing an awesome 1500/3000m double

Steve Cram comes on top over a highly tactical men’s 1500m in style ahead of Steve Scott (USA) and Said Aouita (MAR), with Steve Ovett missing out

Marita Koch (CDR) wins the 200m from a very young Merlene Ottey (JAM) and Kathy Cook

Yarmila Kratochvilova (CZE) creeps under 48 secs, first woman ever in history, to a world record of 47.99 secs over 400m


British medalists

Golds (2): Steve Cram (1500), Daley Thompson (Decathlon)

Silvers (2): Fatima Whitbread (javelin), Great Britain Women’s 4×100 (Joan Baptiste, Kathy Cook, Bev Callender, Shirley Thomas)

Bronzes (3): Colin Reitz (3000mSC), Kathy Smallwood-Cook (200), Great Britain Men’s 4×400 (Ainsley Bennett, Gary Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown)


World Championships 1983 Results – Top 8