Carl Lewis leaped into the night and landed on history's good side one more time.
For the record, Lewis won his record-tying ninth career gold medal. This one came in the long jump with a distance of 27 feet, 10} inches.
Some had hinted that the 35-year-old Lewis was too old. So he had come to the 1996 Olympics looking to seize one more moment.
"I think I proved my fitness," he said. "I'm in good shape."
So is Michael Johnson. The athlete with the golden shoes picked up a medal to match _ and an Olympic record _ in the 400-meter run.
"I dedicated this race to Alice Hawthorne, who died in the Centennial Park explosion," Johnson said.
"I just don't want people to forget her name."
Lewis and Johnson weren't the only Americans to electrify the stadium.
Another Johnson _ Allen _ set an Olympic record in winning the 110-meter hurdles.
Allen Johnson, who is used to running in his namesake's shadow, knocked over nearly all of the 10 hurdles lining the track, which may have cost him the world record.
"Maybe it did," he said with a shrug, "maybe it didn't." _ Details, Sports