Carl Lewis showed that his long absence from tough competition did not hurt him, racing to a comfortable victory in the 100-meter dash at the Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday night.
Lewis, the only sprinter to win consecutive 100-meter titles in the Olympic Games since 1906 and the world record-holder, had not run in a final against a high-class field since last September. He showed no signs of rust, clocking a quick 10.05 seconds to win his fifth national title and his first since 1986.Lewis had not run at all until last week, when he won an all-comers event at Houston. But this was against high-powered competition, the best in the United States.
Charging out of the blocks quicker than usual, Lewis, whose best part of the race is the second half, surged into the lead near the 50-meter mark and won going away.
Meanwhile, Roger Kingdom, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder in the 110-meter high hurdles, powered his way to his third consecutive national title and fourth overall.