Carl Lewis will make his 1985 European debut today in the Weltklasse track and field meet in Zurich. The meet also will feature the first matchup since the Olympics of Mary Decker Slaney, Zola Budd and Maricica Puica -- who will compete in both the mile and the 1,500 meters.
Lewis, who won four gold medals in the Los Angeles Olympics, injured his right hamstring muscle June 15 in the U.S. outdoor championships in Indianapolis and since has competed only once. He is scheduled to run both the 100 and 200 meters in Zurich.
"I'm ready to go," Lewis said. "I'm feeling well and I'm looking forward to some good races."
The Weltklasse meet is the 12th stop on the inaugural $542,000 International Amateur Athletic Federation Mobil Grand Prix circuit that ends with the Sept. 7 finals in Rome.
The field for the Weltklasse meet includes Olympic medalists, world champions or world record holders in all but one of the 22 men's and women's events.
Britain's Steve Cram, who broke world records in the 1,500, mile and 2,000 meters in a 19-day period this summer, will run the 800. He will face Olympic champion Joaquim Cruz of Brazil in what is expected to be one of the most exciting races of the meet.
Lewis arrived yesterday looking more like a pop star than a sprinter. He wore an aquamarine smock, designer sunglasses and faded jeans tucked into black and gold ankle boots. He brushed one hand through his hair and declared, "I am seriously thinking of a career as an entertainer when I finish with track and field. I plan to stick around for a long time, but I would like another career to step into when I finish as an athlete."
Lewis said he and his band, the Electric Storm, have just finished recording an as-yet-untitled album on which he sings and plays keyboards.