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Lewis ties Owens' record with four gold medals
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Aug. 11, 1984
Carl Lewis' goal at the Olympics: duplicate Jesse Owens' performance at the 1936 Olympics by winning gold medals in the same four events that Owens did.
Lewis, the track star with the designer clothes and Grace Jones haircut, already has won three - the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump. Today, he equals his hero's mark as anchor for the U.S. 4x100 relay team. He blazes through his 100 meters in 8.94 seconds as the team sets a world record of 37.83 seconds.
"Jesse Owens is still the same man to me he was before," says Lewis. "He is a legend. I'm just a person. I still feel like the same Carl Lewis I was six years ago, except I'm a little older and a lot more people come to my press conference."
At the medal ceremony, Lewis wears new jogging shoes that are white and trimmed in gold, of course.