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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lewis in Atlanta Is Back on Track

ATLANTA -- A lean and focused Carl Lewis announced to his critics that he was back from the dead and in contention for the 100 meters at this summer's Olympic Games.

Lewis, 34, winner of eight Olympic gold medals, on Saturday almost caught fellow American Dennis Mitchell in the sprint in a wind-aided time of 9.94 at the Atlanta Grand Prix inaugural event at the Olympic stadium.

Mitchell edged Lewis by one-hundredth of a second after a few moments of confusion that raised the temperature of both officials and contestants on an already sweltering day -- the race was originally called in Lewis's favor.

It is Lewis's most impressive showing since 1991, when he broke the world record in 9.86 seconds at the world championships in Tokyo.

And the showing could not have come at a better time or place, on the track that will host the U.S. Olympic trials next month and the Olympic games later this summer.