Athletics is widely regarded as the mother of all global sports and often makes headlines at the Olympic Games, the biggest sports spectacle of all sports. Athletics at the Summer Olympics encompass many track and field events and often has a major bearing on how a nation will end up in a medal race in the grandest sporting spectacle.
For more than a century, the United States has been a major powerhouse at the Summer Olympics and its great success has come through their domination in the events of the Olympics in sprint.
Ever since the Summer Olympics began in 1896, back in modern history, the USA has won consecutive medals in track events in athletics and has dominated the sport in particular sprint events.
America has a legacy of producing some great people who dominated their sport as before.
In the making of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, we go back in time and remember the American sprinting greats who were zero in their discipline and won medals competing under the American flag and brought honors to the United States at the Olympics.
Carl Lewis is undoubtedly distinguished as the greatest American male runner in Olympic history.
In a very successful Olympic career, Lewis won 9 gold and one silver medal. Lewis equaled the stupendous might of Jessie Owen, who won 4 gold medals in the singles edition of the 1984 Summer Olympics in the United States.
Lewis scored a hat-trick of medals in sprints, winning the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and anchoring the American team to victory in the 4 * 100-meter relay.
Lewis tallied 8.54 meters to add a record equivalent to the fourth gold medal in the long jump at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Lewis could defend his 100-meter title at the 1988 Olympics, when his arch-rival Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal due to testing positive for a banned substance. He Seoul joined his occasional Olympic gold medal race by winning the long jump, making another great performance with silver in the 200 meters at the Olympics.
Maurice Green took over the illustrious legacy of American sprinting from Carl Lewis and became the leading American male runner in the 2000s.
Green proved his skills at the Olympics when he won gold in the 100-meter sprint at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and helped the American relay team become champions in the 4 * 100-meter relay.
Green would add more Olympic silverware to his kitty by winning a bronze in the 100-meter sprint at the 2004 Olympics and receiving a silver as part of the 4 * 100 US relay team.
Justine Gatlin’s sheer longevity is simply inspiring, being a head runner at the very pinnacle of sprint events on the international athletic circuit.
After taking over from Maurice Green as America’s poster boy in sprint events, Gatlin challenged Jamaican great Usain Bolt at the halt in the sprint in the last few editions of the Summer Olympics.
After becoming the 100-meter Olympic champion and winning the bronze in the 200 meters at the 2004 Olympics, Gatlin added bronze and silver to her domesticated 100-meter event at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Gatlin was ranked second in the 100m sprint by his fierce rival Usain Bolt at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, having to compete with bronze at the 2012 London Games in a 1-2 race with Usz Bolt and Yohan Blake. For Jamaica.
The great American Olympian became the first wrestler to win gold medals in the 200m and 400m events at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Johnson grew in stature after becoming the first athlete to defend his 400-meter title at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and made a name for himself in Olympic history. In addition to his personal accolades, few are familiar with the fact that Johnson was also part of the US 4 * 100-meter relay team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Published 03 February 2021, 12:46 pm