This Day In Sports History (August 4th) – Carl Lewis

It was on this day in 1984 that American Carl Lewis won the men’s 100 meter race to capture his first gold medal.  The race took place at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

This race marked the beginning of a wonderful Olympic career for Lewis that saw him win nine gold medals and one silver.  Carl entered the 1984 Olympics with very high expectations for himself, as his goal was to match Jesse Owens who had won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic games.  After winning the 100 meter race, Lewis easily won the gold in the men’s high jump to reach the halfway point of his goal.  He would set a new Olympic record in the men’s 200 meters for his third gold and finally he won his fourth gold when the 4 X 100 meter relay team finished in a time of 37.83 seconds, setting a new world record.

Carl Lewis’ nine gold medals tied him with Mark Spitz and Paavo Nurmi for the most in men’s Summer Olympic history.  The record stood until 2008 when fellow American Michael Phelps won eight gold medals to push his career total to 14.

Here is the men’s 100-meter race.

Notable Birthdays

Maurice Richard, NHL – Born August 4TH 1921 in Montreal, Quebec

John Riggins, NFL – Born August 4TH 1949 (age 62) in Seneca, Kansas

Roger Clemens, MLB 0 Born August 4TH 1962 (age 49) in Dayton, Ohio

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