August 25, 1991: Lewis shatters sprint record
1991 – Carl Lewis shattered the world 100 metres record in the greatest performance of his career on the second day of the World Athletics Championships in Tokyo. Lewis retained the world title in 9.86 seconds, 0.4 of a second under teammate Leroy Burrell’s old mark of 9.90 set at the US Championships in June. Astonishingly, the 30-year-old American, twice the world and Olympic champion, was last out of the blocks in the eight-man final. Through sheer strength and will-power Lewis pulled back the deficit, stepped up another gear at 70 metres and took the lead with five metres to run. Lewis knew he had won as soon as he crossed the finish line, throwing his arms in the air in jubilation. Burrell finished second in 9.88.
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