400m with Steve Lewis

Steve is a former American track and field athlete, winner of three gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics and 1992 Summer Olympics.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Steve Lewis took up track at with the Los Angeles Jets youth track club under the direction of Ronald Moore and later went to Banning High School. He would go on to attend UCLA. As a freshman at UCLA, Lewis had a spectacular year in 1988, when the precocious 19-year-old not only completely rewrote the world junior all-time list in the 400m but also proved his mettle in a senior competition by winning the Olympic gold medal.

By the end of 1988, Lewis had run what still ranks as 7 of the top ten junior 400 metre races of all times. In 1990, he won NCAA Championships in the 400 m and went on to win the US Track and Field Championships in the same event. In 1992, Lewis, once again, competed at the Olympic Games in Barcelona and won a silver medal in the 400 m and a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay, which broke the world record (2:55.74) that Lewis had previously helped tie in the 1988 Olympic Games.

The rest of Lewis’ career was affected by injury and an ongoing viral illness, and he never again competed at a major international championship.

Lewis was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2019, he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

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