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Encyclopedia > Calvin Smith

Calvin Smith (born January 8, 1961) is a former sprint athlete from the United States. He is a former World Record holder in the 100 metre sprint, and was twice World Champion over 200 metres. January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Sprints are races in athletics. ... Typical outdoor red rubber track Athletics, also known, especially in American English, as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events, which can roughly be divided into running, throwing, and jumping. ... A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline, usually a sports event. ... The metre, or meter, is a measure of length. ...


Smith was undoubtedly one of the best sprinters in the world in the 1980s, though for most of his career Smith, who was a quiet and unassuming character, ran in the shadow of the more charismatic American sprinting great Carl Lewis. MacGyver is one of the symbols of the 1980s in America The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Frederick Carlton Carl Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former athlete who won 10 Olympic medals (9 golds) during his career (1984 to 1996), and 8 World Championship gold medals, and 1 bronze (1983 to 1993). ...


Smith set the 100 metre world record on July 3, 1983, at Colorado Springs, with a run of 9.93 seconds. In doing so he, broke the previous record set by Jim Hines, which had lasted for almost 15 years. (Both Hines' and Smith's records were set at high altitude.) World Record Progression 100 m Men (1912-2005) with a logarithmic regression estimating: Time/100m = -0. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Springs Official website: http://www. ... Look up second in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... James R. Jim Hines (born September 10, 1946) is an American athlete who held the 100 m World Record for 15 years. ...


At the inaugural Athletics World Championships in 1983, Smith claimed Gold Medals in the 200 m and the 4 x 100 m relay (which the US won in World Record time), as well as a Silver Medal behind Lewis in the 100 m. The World Championships in Athletics is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. ... During a relay race, members of a team take turns swimming or running (usually with a baton) parts of a circuit or performing a certain action. ...


1983 also saw Smith become the first athlete to run under 10 seconds (9.97) for the 100 m and under 20 seconds (19.99) for the 200 m in the same evening in Zurich, Switzerland. Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ...


At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Smith won a Gold Medal as part of the US 4 x 100 m relay team, again establishing a new World Record in this event. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ... Nickname: City of Angels Official website: http://www. ...


At the 1987 World Championships, Smith successfully defended his 200 m Gold. (At that time, the World Championships were held once every four years, whereas presently they are held every two years.) 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Smith was involved in the most controversial Olympic 100 m final of all time and ended-up receiving the Bronze Medal. Ben Johnson of Canada crossed the line first, with Lewis second, Linford Christie of Great Britain third, and Smith fourth. But Johnson then tested positive anabolic steroids and was stripped of his Gold Medal. Smith was thus upgraded to the Bronze Medal position. Smith missed out on what seemed like a likely Gold Medal in the 4 x 100 m relay in Seoul because the US did not reach the final following a disqualification for passing the baton outside the legal area. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Seoul (IPA: , (help· info)) is the capital and largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). ... Benjamin Sinclair Ben Johnson CM (born December 30, 1961) is a controversial former Canadian athlete, best known for his disqualification for doping use after winning the 100 m final in the 1988 Summer Olympics. ... Linford Christie, OBE (born April 2, 1960) is a British former athlete and the only man ever to win Olympic, World, Commonweath and European 100 m gold medals. ... Anabolic steroids are a class of natural and synthetic steroid hormones that promote cell growth and division, resulting in growth of muscle tissue and sometimes bone size and strength. ...


Smith continued to run for the US into the 1990s. In the later years of his career, he was named captain of the US athletics team at major events including the Olympic Games and World Championships. The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ...


His running style was unusually smooth and was far more about speed than strength. At a time when rumors - justified or not - bedevilled many top sprinters, there was never a hint of drug use with Smith, and it has been argued by some that he was the last categorically clean record holder for the 100 m. As evidence, he lacked the hypertrophied physiques of his rivals.


Major Achievements

  • 1992
    • 1992 IAAF World Cup - Havana, Cuba
      • 100 m Bronze Medal
      • 4 x 100 m Relay Gold Medal

1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World Record Progression 100 m Men (1912-2005) with a logarithmic regression estimating: Time/100m = -0. ... Nickname: The Springs Official website: http://www. ... The inaugural World Championships in Athletics were run under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland between August 7 and August 14. ... Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki City manager Jussi Pajunen Official languages Finnish, Swedish Area  - total  - land ranked 342nd 185. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Audio samples composed by John Williams: Olympic Fanfare (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Olympic Theme (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Problems playing the files? See media help. ... Nickname: City of Angels Official website: http://www. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2nd World Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held in the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy between August 28 and September 6. ... This is the current Article Improvement Drive collaboration! CAST YOUR VOTE for next weeks article For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Games of the XXIV Olympiad were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... Seoul (IPA: , (help· info)) is the capital and largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Aerial view of Havana Havana (Spanish in full: San Cristóbal de La Habana, usually shortened to just La Habana; UN/LOCODE: CU HAV) is the capital of Cuba and, with a population of 2. ...

Notes

  1. Justin Gatlin (USA) holds the current World record for the 100 metres with 9.76 seconds.
Olympic medalists in athletics (men) | Olympic Champions in Men's 4x100 m relay
1912 Great Britain David Jacobs, Henry Macintosh, Victor d'Arcy & William Applegarth
1920 United States Charlie Paddock, Jackson Scholz, Loren Murchison & Morris Kirksey
1924 United States Loren Murchison, Louis Clarke, Frank Hussey & Alfred LeConey
1928 United States Frank Wykoff, James Quinn, Charles Borah & Henry Russell
1932 United States Robert Kiesel, Emmett Toppino, Hector Dyer & Frank Wykoff
1936 United States Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, Foy Draper & Frank Wykoff
1948 United States Barney Ewell, Lorenzo Wright, Harrison Dillard & Mel Patton
1952 United States Dean Smith, Harrison Dillard, Lindy Remigino & Andy Stanfield
1956 United States Ira Murchison, Leamon King, Thane Baker & Bobby Joe Morrow
1960 United team of Germany Bernd Cullmann, Armin Hary, Walter Mahlendorf & Martin Lauer
1964 United States Otis Drayton, Gerald Ashworth, Richard Stebbins & Bob Hayes
1968 United States Charles Greene, Melvin Pender, Ronnie Ray Smith & Jim Hines
1972 United States Larry Black, Robert Taylor, Gerald Tinker & Edward Hart
1976 United States Harvey Glance, John Wesley Jones, Millard Hampton & Steven Riddick
1980 Soviet Union Vladimir Muravyov, Nikolay Sidorov, Aleksandr Aksinin & Andrey Prokofyev
1984 United States Sam Graddy, Ron Brown, Calvin Smith & Carl Lewis
1988 Soviet Union Viktor Bryzgin, Vladimir Krylov, Vladimir Muravyov & Vitaly Savin
1992 United States Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Dennis Mitchell & Carl Lewis
1996 Canada Robert Esmie, Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin & Donovan Bailey
2000 United States Jon Drummond, Bernard Williams, Brian Lewis & Maurice Greene
2004 Great Britain Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish & Mark Lewis-Francis

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Calvin Smith was born on 8th January 1961 and was 5'10" and 140 lbs.
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This was the start of Carl Lewis's reign at 100m, however, and Smith had to settle for second in the first WC in Helsinki.
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