IAAF AUCTION - Rare Souvenirs of Carl Lewis’ career - What’s your bid?
Tuesday 17 January 2006
Monte-Carlo - Carl Lewis (USA), who was elected as the World Athlete of the Century by the International Athletic Foundation at the 1999 World Athletics Gala in Monaco has donated some rare autographed items of competition kit for the charity auction which began yesterday morning.
All the auction lots are available for bids for a ten day period via the on-line auction house eBay, CLICK HERE TO BID
Carl Lewis’ donations to the IAAF’s Athletics for a Better World
The IAAF’s humanitarian project ‘Athletics for a Better World: The IAAF Stars’ Donation Fund’, offers fans of World and Olympic track and field athletics the chance to buy pieces of unique sporting history.
Fifty star athletes from the Olympics’ number one sport, 23 of whom have been World Record breakers during their career, have donated items of personal memorabilia associated with some of their greatest sporting triumphs to the project whose proceeds are to be distributed between three United Nations organisations, FAO, UNICEF and the WFP.
Check out – http://www.iaaf.org/AFABW for further information.
Carl Lewis (USA)
On the 1 July 1986, Carl Lewis, who two years earlier had become a four-time Olympic champion during the Los Angeles Games (100m, 200m, Long Jump, and 4x100m), so matching Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat, sped to a 10.06 second win (0.8m/s) in the 100m at the first ever Goodwill Games in the Moscow, Russia.
( :eek: He did not cross the line first though in Moscow where BJ hammered Carl in what was - as far as the general public was aware - probably the start of their titanic rivalry which electrified the sports world like no other track battle, perhaps in history . kk)
Lewis would go on to take another three Olympic Long Jump titles - the last in 1996 - and retain (after the disqualification of Ben Johnson) his 100m crown (1988) and also take another relay win (1992), anchoring the US team to a World record of 37.40.
At the World Championships, a three-time 100m winner, two-time gold medallist at the Long Jump, and three-time anchor leg victor in the sprint relay, Lewis will perhaps most be remembered for the 9.86 World record when winning the 1991 100m title, and for his epic, though ultimately losing tussle with Mike Powell in the 1991 Long Jump final which saw Bob Beamon’s long standing World record finally fall – Lewis lost 8.91m (windy) to 8.95m in the greatest contest in history.
Carl Lewis has donated his autographed 1986 Goodwill Games winning competition vest and track suit, and two signed copies of his book, bids for which can now be made on eBay