Carol LeGrant Lewis (born August 8, 1963) is an American former track and field athlete who specialized in the long jump. She is the 1983 World Championship bronze medalist, and a 4-time US Champion. Her best long jump of 7.04 meters in 1985 is the former American record. She is the sister of 9-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis.
|Born||August 8, 1963|
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field athletics|
|Club||Santa Monica Track Club|
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Lewis qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. She received one of the 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes. She first competed internationally at the Liberty Bell Classic, an alternate event for boycotted athletes, whers she wona silver medal with a jump of 6.60 meters. She won the Dial Award that year in recognition of her achievements. While at Willingboro High School in New Jersey, setting the high school indoor long jump record at 21' 7.5" (6.59 meters) in 1981. She later went to the University of Houston, following in the footsteps of her older brother. At Houston, she won 2 National Collegiate Athletic Association long jump championship titles in 1983: 21-11 3/4 and 1985: 22-1 She also joined her brother on the Santa Monica Track Club.
Lewis won the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time in 1982, the first of four National championships. Her 6.81m jump from that competition is the current United States, North American and Pan American Junior record. Further success came in 1983, with a win at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and bronze medal at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics.
After winning the Olympic Trials, she represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics and managed to finish in ninth place at the age of twenty. The following year she won the NCAA Outdoor Championships for a second time and took bronze at the World Cup in Athletics. In Zürich in August that year, Lewis reached her peak, setting a personal best and breaking the American record in the long jump twice at the same track meeting. Her record of 7.04 m stood for two years until it was beaten by Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Lewis competed at the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships, finishing in ninth position with a best jump of 6.23 m. She qualified for her third Olympics in 1988, failing to qualify for the final by just one centimeter.
Following her retirement from track and field, she went on to work as a commentator for various events for NBC Sports. She commentated on the track events for the 1996, 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics.
|Long jump||21 August 1985||Zürich, Switzerland||7.04 meters (AR 1985–1987)|
- All information taken from IAAF Profile.
|Representing United States|
|1980||Liberty Bell Classic||Philadelphia, United States||2nd||Long jump||6.60 m|
|Pan American Junior Championships||Sudbury, Canada||2nd||100 m hurdles||14.62|
|1983||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||3rd||Long jump||7.00 m|
|1984||Olympic Games||Los Angeles, United States||9th||Long jump||6.43 m|
|1985||Grand Prix Final||Rome, Italy||3rd||Long jump||6.73 m|
|World Cup||Canberra, Australia||3rd||Long jump||6.88 m|
|1987||World Indoor Championships||Indianapolis, United States||9th||Long jump||6.23 m|
|1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||13th (q)||Long jump||6.47 m|
|Results with (q) indicate overall position in qualifying round|
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