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September 28, 1988

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Carl Lewis won’t win four Olympic gold medals again.

His training partner and protege, Joe DeLoach, took care of that by winning the men’s 200-meter dash in Olympic-record time.

But another Lewis won gold Wednesday when 19-year-old Steve Lewis led an American sweep in the men’s 400 meters, upsetting world record-holder Butch Reynolds.

The Soviet Union also swept the pole vault, with world record-holder Sergei Bubka winning his nation’s first-ever gold medal in the event by clearing 19 feet, 4 1/4 inches, an Olympic record.

Florence Griffith Joyner of the United States smashed the Olympic record in her second-round heat in the women’s 200-meter dash as she opened her bid for a second gold medal in Seoul.

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson led after three events on first day of the grueling, two-day competition, and his top rival, West Germany’s Jurgen Hingsen, withdrew after a humiliating disqualification.

Debra Flintoff-King of Australia won the women’s 400-meter intermediate hurdles, edging Tatyana Ledovskaya at the finish in Olympic-record time.

DeLoach, who had beaten Lewis in the U.S. Olympic trials, did it again, this time with an Olympic record of 19.75 seconds.

″I knew I would run well after my semifinal heat,″ DeLoach said. ″Fifty meters down (from the finish), I took a litle extra spurt and I won. Coming out of the turn ... he (Lewis) actually passed me. I made an extra effort and got him.

″Carl ... is by far the best sprinter in history. He’s been instrumental to me, and my success. ... Right after the finish, he ran to me and said, ’Great job, Joe.‴

Lewis praised DeLoach’s performance.

″I ran very well through the turn and Joe stayed right with me,″ he said.″He stayd relaxed all the way through and that was the difference.″

Lewis’ chances of winning four gold medals for the second consecutive Games had been rekindled Tuesday, when he was given the gold in the 100 meters following the disqualification of Canadian Ben Johnson.

No Olympic track and field athlete had won four golds in two consecutive Games, but Lewis had a shot following his reprieve in the 100, where he had finished second in the Olympic record time of 9.92.

On Monday, he won the long jump with an Olympic record 28-7 1/2 , and Saturday, he will anchor the U.S. 400-meter relay team.

He was the first Olympian to win the 100 and long jump twice, and was trying to do the same thing in the 200. But DeLoach, who was recruited by Lewis for the University of Houston, spoiled Lewis’ party.

Lewis and DeLoach both were out of the blocks fast, but coming down the final 100 yards, Lewis had the advantage. He still was in front until DeLoach whipped past him with about 10 yards left.

Lewis took the silver medal in 19.79, and Robson da Silva of Brazil was third in 20.04.

DeLoach, who had beaten Lewis in the 200 in the U.S. Olympic trials, broke the Olympic record of 19.80 set by Lewis in Los Angeles. Their times are the best ever at sea level, behind only the world record of 19.72, set by Pietro Mennea of Italy at Mexico City in 1979.

Afterward, the two friends took a victory lap together. Lewis carried an American flag for a couple of steps, before giving it to DeLoach.

″This is a tremendous thing that’s happened,″ Lewis said. ″Americans sweep the long jump, two Americans win in the 100, and now two Americans win in the 200. The best thing about it is that the U.S. can do well.″

In the 400, Steve Lewis, the youngest man on the U.S. track and field team, took control of the race from the start and held off a late rally by Reynolds to win the gold medal in 43.87 seconds, .01 seconds off the Olympic record set by Lee Evans of the United States in Mexico City in 1968.

Reynolds, who shattered the world record last month in Zurich by clocking a 43.29, was slow getting out and finished in 43.93 for the silver medal. Lewis’ UCLA teammate Danny Everett took the bronze in 44.09.

The mark by Lewis, a sophomore from Fremont, Calif., was the third-best ever and a world junior record.

″I just wanted to run and try to hold on from the 300 mark,″ Lewis said. ″I kept saying to myself, ’Hold on. Keep on striding. Keep on moving.‴

The 1-2-3 American win was the second U.S. sweep in the Olympic track and field competition and the first in a running event. On Monday, Carl Lewis led teammates Mike Powell and Larry Myricks in winning the gold, silver and broze in the long jump.

Bubka, after clearing his winning height in the pole vault on his third attempt, asked that the bar be raised to a world-record 20 feet, but after a couple of minutes, he decided against jumping.

Rodion Gataullin finished second at 19-2 1/4 and Grigory Yegerov was third at 19-0 1/4 .

Griffith Joyner blazed through her second-round heat in the 200 in 21.76. The time broke the Olympic record of 21.81 set by 1984 champion Valerie Brisco and smashed the U.S. mark of 21.77 Griffith Joyner set during the Olympic trials.

Joyner won her first heat in 22.51, the fastest of the first five heats in the eight-heat qualifying round. On Sunday, she won the gold medal in the women’s 100 meters with a wind-aided time of 10.54.

East German Heike Drechsler, expected to be her toughest rival in Thursday’s final, won her opening heat in 22.93.

The U.S. team suffered a blow in the final 200 heat, when Pam Marshall limped off the track as she came around the turn, suffering an injured right hamstring. She had to be carried off the track on a stretcher.

Thompson, of Britain, won the 100-meter dash and the shot put, and finished second in the long jump to give him a total of 2,643 points as he sought an unprecedented third gold medal in the decathlon.

His time in the 100-meter dash was the fastest at 10.62, but his long jump of 24 feet, 7 1/2 was second to that of Christian Plaziat of France, who leaped 25-0 and also sprinted 10.83 in the 100.

Thompson regained the lead after the shot put, throwing 49-3 1/2 .

Petri Keskitalo vaulted into second place with 2,635 points, followed by Torsten Voss of East Germany with 2,600 points, and Plaziat with 2,567.

Hingsen withdrew from the decathlon after being disqualified from the 100 because of three false starts.

After being called for the third false start, the three-time world record- holder and 1984 Olympic silver medalist argued vehemently with officials. The 6-foot-7 athlete, who received no points in the 100, left the track to the jeers of spectators at Olympic Stadium.

Hingsen said the second false start should not have been charged to him. When it was, he was not informed of it, although the false start light by his blocks went on. The West Germans said Hingsen should have been notified verbally.

West Germany’s protest of Hingsen’s disqualification was rejected.

Hingsen actually false-started four times, but since Soviet Pavel Tarnovetski, beat him out of the blocks on one start, he was charged with only three. Overall, there were four false starts called in Hingsen’s heat, and two others in the other four 100 heats.

The decathlon will be completed Thursday, with the 110-meter high hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meters.

Thompson, the world record-holder, was unbeaten for nine years before finishing ninth in the 1987 world championships. His poor showing was attributed to a severe groin injury and he hasn’t completed a decathlon since then, leading to uncertainty about his physical status in Seoul.

Only Thompson and Bob Mathias of the United States, the 1948 and 1952 champion, have won two Olympic golds in the decathlon.

The world’s top three women’s long jumpers easily qualified for Thursday’s final.

World record-holder Galina Chistyakova of the Soviet Union leaped 22-10 1/2 . Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the American record-holder and the Olympic gold medalist in the heptathlon, sailed 22-10. And East German Heike Drechsler, the former world record-holder, went 22-0 3/4 .

But all three were outdone by Elena Belevskaya of the Soviet Union, who equaled the Olympic record, jumping 23-2.

In the women’s 400 hurdles, Flintoff-King’s time in 53.17 seconds and Ledovskaya’s of 53.18 were the second- and third-fastest in history. Ellen Fiedler of East Germany, whose Olympic record of 54.00 set in the semifinals fell during the race, took the bronze in 53.63.

The fastest time in the event is 52.94, held by Marina Stepanova of the Soviet Union.

East German Martina Hellman, the 1983 and 1987 world champion in the women’s discus, led the qualifiers into Thursday’s final, with a throw of 220 feet, 2 inches. Her teammate, Gabriela Reinsch, the world record-holder, had the second best throw, 219-5.

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