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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lewis Loses His Stride

ST. PETERSBURG -- Millionaire sprinter Carl Lewis, who will leave this city even richer after approximately 20 seconds work at the Goodwill Games, may have finally reached the end of the road.


The greatest sprinter and long jumper of his generation finished only fourth in Monday night's 100 meters, then announced he was pulling out of Tuesday's long jump clash with world record holder Mike Powell.


Lewis said he would definitely run in Friday's 4x100 meters relay in which his Santa Monica club team should breeze to victory.


Lewis has not won a major sprint title since the 1991 Tokyo world championship 100 meters final, although, as ever, he had a plausible excuse for Monday's performance.


"Right at the start," Lewis said, "I lifted my head right out of the blocks and that was it."


The most reliable estimate for Lewis' price for appearing in the Goodwill Games is around $100,000.