Theron LewisTrack & Field, 1960-68
Carver High School/Southern University/1964 Olympics

Inducted: 1990

  • A member of the 4x400 meter relay team for the United States in the 1964 Olympics, he was a three-time All-America sprinter at Southern University.
  • Ran the anchor leg on the Southern mile relay team which set a world-record with a 3:04.5 timing in 1965.
  • Helped Southern to the 1966 NAIA Indoor National Championship by winning the 440-yard dash (48.9) and anchoring the winning mile-relay team, which set an NAIA record (3:15, which still stands as of 2013).
  • Also a key to Southern's 1965 and 1966 Outdoor National Championships, earning overall Outstanding Performer honors in 1965 after winning the 440-yard dash (46.6) and anchoring the winning mile relay (3:09.3); and in 1966, again winning the 440 with an NAIA record time (45.2) and anchoring the winning mile relay (3:10.7).
  • The anchor of the first team (with Olympians Lee Evans and Tommie Smith and Robert Frey) to run under three minutes for the 4x400 meter relay when the U.S. clocked 2:59.6 at an international meet in Los Angeles in 1966.
  • Set the world record in the indoor 440-yard dash in 1967.
  • Also set the National AAU Indoor record in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:09.2. 
  • Recorded a time of 46.3 in the 400-meter dash at the 1964 Olympic Trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the Tokyo Games.
  • Set a New Orleans record in the 400-meter dash (46.9) as he was named the top performer in the first integrated Sugar Bowl Track Meet.

 

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