Carl Lewis anchored the Santa Monica Track Club 400-meter relay team to victory and won the 100-meter dash at the New York Games, but tightened up at the finish of the relay, negating the possibility of a world record.
After taking a poor baton pass from Floyd Heard, Lewis began the final 100-meter leg about a half-meter behind Tony Dees of the Florida Clippers.
But about 40 meters later, Lewis was in the lead and cruising. Instead of firing through the finish line tape, however, Lewis slowed just before it and the winning time was 38.18 seconds, short of the world record of 37.83, set by the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
Mark Witherspoon led off for Santa Monica, and was followed by Leroy Burrell, Heard and Lewis.
About two hours before the relay, Lewis bucked a 15 mph headwind and won the 100 in a relatively slow 10.39, way off his world record of 9.92.
Earlier, two-time world champion Greg Foster overcame the strong headwinds and a first-class field to win the men's 110-meter high hurdles, beating two-time Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom in 13.18. Foster sat out a three-month suspension this year after testing positive for an over-the-counter stimulant.
Cuba's Ana Quirot extended her three-year winning streak in the women's 800 meters to 35, and the husband and wife team of David Patrick and Sandra Farmer-Patrick, won the men's and women's 400-meter intermediate hurdles.