He won his first national titles in the 100 m and long jump. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.
Before Lewis, 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m) had been exceeded on two occasions by two people: Beamon and 1980 Olympic champion Lutz Dombrowski.
Tellez would thereafter remain Lewis' coach for his entire career.
During 1982, Lewis cleared 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m) five times outdoors, twice more indoors, going as far as 8.7 m (28 ft 6 in) at Indianapolis, he had three fouls with his toe barely over the board, two of which seemed to exceed Beamon's record, the third which several observers said reached 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m).Lewis said he should have been credited with that jump, claiming the track officials misinterpreted the rules on fouls.Lewis' chief rival in the long jump was predicted to be the man who last beat him: Larry Myricks.But though Myricks had joined Lewis in surpassing 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m) the year before, he failed to qualify for the American team, and Lewis won at Helsinki with relative ease.He repeated his number one ranking in the 100 m and long jump, and ranked number six in the 200 m.
Additionally, he was named Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News.At the end of the high school year, an old knee injury had flared up again, which might have had consequences on his fitness.However, working with Tellez, Lewis adapted his technique so that he was able to jump without pain and he went on to win the 1980 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title with a wind-assisted jump of 8.35 m (27 ft 4 Though his focus was on the long jump, he was now starting to emerge as a sprint talent.Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold.His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.But 1981 saw him run 10.00 s at the Southwest Conference Championships in Dallas on May 16, a time that was the third-fastest in history and stood as the low-altitude record.