INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Carl Lewis was one of four members of the 1984 United States Olympic team elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Lewis, a sprinter and long jumper, was elected along with Larry Myricks, Alberto Salazar and Henry Marsh. The four stars were part of the 1984 Olympic team that won 40 medals in Los Angeles, the highest total since women began competing in the sport in 1928.
"To have four athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame further adds to the greatness of the 1984 Olympic team, one of the finest in U.S. track and field history," said USA Track & Field president Bill Roe said. "The athletic credentials of these four athletes are awesome."
Lewis, 40, is considered one of the gretest Olympians of all-time, and his nine gold medals ties swimmer Mark Spitz for first place on the all-time U.S. list. Lewis won four medals at the 1984 Games and won his fourth straight long jump in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He is a 10-time World Championships medalist and former world record holder at 100 meters.
Myricks, 45, was a four-time Olympian and in 1987 became the first world indoor long jump champion. By placing third at the 1988 Olympics, he completed a U.S. sweep of the event along with Lewis and Mike Powell. Myricks is still fourth on the U.S. all-time list in the long jump.
Salazar, 43, is a two-time Olympian, three-time New York City marathon champion and former American record holder at distances ranging from 5,000 meters to the marathon. A native of Cuba, Salazar is still third on the U.S. all-time list in the marathon.
Marsh, 47, was a four-time Olympian, placing fourth at the 1984 Games. He represented the U.S. in 19 international competitions and holds the American steeplechase record of 8:09.17 set in 1985.
The induction ceremony will take place November 30 at the Jesse Owens Awards Dinner in Mobile, Alabama, bringing the number of inductees to 188. The Hall of Fame is scheduled to reopen in New York City in 2003.
Eligible voters included Track and Field Writers of America members, Hall of Fame members, USATF Association presidents, members of USATF standing sports committees and members of USATF's Athletes Advisory Committee.