In the final, veteran sprinter Emmit King, 26, surprised the crowd, if not Lewis, running 6.12 to Lewis's 6.15. Martin finished third in 6.21, DeLoach fourth in 6.25, ahead of Harvey Glance and Darwin Cook.
About two hours before the start of the meet, word reached Dallas from Columbia, Mo. that Joe Dial, the U.S. record holder outdoors in the pole vault, had jumped 19'4�", a world indoor best, breaking by an inch the mark that Billy Olson had set a week earlier in Albuquerque, But wait a minute. Hadn't Dial withdrawn from the Dallas meet on Monday, his agent saying Dial's hamstring injury needed more time to heal? Olson was caught short. "I thought he was injured, or he'd have come here," he said. Dial apparently wanted a record more than a face-off, so he had slipped off to a collegiate meet at the University of Missouri's Hearnes Center because he was familiar with the runway there. He cleared the record height on his second attempt, before a sparse crowd of 800.
"Man, how about that, a world record," Dial exulted. "All my life I've wanted to break a world record. I'm up there with all of them now. I knew I had it in me. I just kept thinking that those were my records they were breaking. I was in Japan when [Sergei] Bubka set his record. I was thinking I should be doing that, setting a record."
Olson was clearly shaken. "Why doesn't [Dial] come out and do these things where we can see him?" he asked. At Toronto the night before, Olson had passed until the bar reached 18'8�", then no-heighted. He said that the runway felt slow to him, but he wasn't looking for an excuse. "My legs just weren't working," he said. "I didn't have anything. No-heighting is about as far down as you can go from a world record."
Not quite. On Saturday, after learning of Dial's feat, Olson no-heighted again, failing to clear 18'�". "I'm totally frustrated, puzzled and embarrassed," he said. "It's been a bad weekend."
As for Lewis, he didn't seem as frustrated by his performance. His life seems to have had several such bumps in it lately. He injured his hamstring last year and missed half of the European season. Then, after choosing not to practice with the U.S. 4 X 100 meter relay team, he was voted off the squad for the World Cup in October. Only two weeks ago his father, William, had surgery for cancer of the colon.
Last Friday, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, the winner of the 50-yard dash at the Toronto Star meet, accused Lewis of hiding from him. "I don't hide from anybody in the world," Lewis responded. "For five years in a row I've been No. 1 in the world [at 100 meters]." He has no intention of giving up the 100, but in order to compete in more long jumps this year he'll run fewer 200s. All the more reason to study his young challengers closely.
"It seemed like the whole pack blew by me," Lewis said after the race. "Their potential is unlimited. It's difficult to grasp. They all have the talent to be among the greats." To be accurate, no one blew by you, Carl, but there are some new kids fanning your tail. Don't look back (and you know why), but they're awfully good.