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Days after graduating from high school in 1979, Lewis broke the high school long jump record with a leap of 8.13 m (26 ft 8 in).An old knee injury had flared up again at the end of the high school year, and this might have had consequences on his fitness.Lewis' chief rival in the long jump was predicted to be the man who last beat him: Larry Myricks.
Lewis' year-best performances in the 100 m and long jump were not at the World Championships, but at other meets.Many colleges tried to recruit Lewis, and he chose to enroll at the University of Houston where Tom Tellez was coach.Tellez would thereafter remain Lewis' coach for his entire career.He set world records in the 100 m, 4 × 100 m and 4 × 200 m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984.
His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks.I don't want that '(A)' [for altitude] after the mark." Also in 1981, Lewis became the fastest 100 m sprinter in the world.