August 25, 1991: Lewis shatters sprint record

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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1916 – The National Park Service is established in the United States.

1941 – British and Soviet troops invade pro-German Iran.

1944 – A Free French division, racing from Normandy, liberates Paris from the Germans.

1950 – American tennis player Althea Gibson becomes the first black player to compete internationally.

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