Quadruple Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis showed progress in his comeback from a hamstring injury as he led the United States men’s track and field team to a first-day lead over the Soviet Union and Japan in a triangular meet at Tokyo.
Lewis won the 100-meter dash in 10.12 seconds, with teammate Harvey Glance second in 10.22, and anchored the 400-meter relay team to victory in 38.28.
The U.S. men had a 49-34 lead over the Soviets and a 52-32 lead over the Japanese. Soviet women led both the U.S. and Japan.
Lewis, who began a recording career last week in Japan and appeared on Japanese television with his rock band, delighted hundreds of squealing Japanese schoolgirls by running a victory lap and touching their outstretched hands as he trotted by.
Mary Knisely of Allen, Tex., produced an upset for the U.S. in the women’s 3,000 meters by outlasting two Soviets to win in 8:49.97. Zamira Zaitseva was second in 8:52.09.
Sergei Smirnov of the Soviet Union won the men’s shotput at 72-2 1/2, beating Dave Laut of the U.S. by two feet.