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Sunday, November 24, 2002

Ranga's Toon Tales

Carl Lewis

CARL Lewis of the United States of America made history at the World Athletics Championship in Tokyo some years back by winning the menís 100 meters race in a record time of 9.86 seconds. He was then 30 and said, "To be 30 and run the race of my life is just great". Delighted Japanese fans clapped and cheered as Lewis, Burrel and Christie, all Americans, stood on the victory stand occupying the first, second and third positions respectively.

Carl Lewis was in Delhi in September 1989 to take part in the International Athletic Meet at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. He was a star attraction and to get near him was a challenge because there was always a huge crowd of admirers around him. However, it became possible to meet him on the track when he was having a chat with the organisers. He was happy to see his sketch and signed it quickly and with a broad smile said, "Many thanks. I really look like that."

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