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 worked with Tellez and adapted his technique so that he was able to jump without pain, and he went on to win the 1980 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title with a wind-assisted jump of 8.35 m (27 ft 4 Though his focus was on the long jump, he was now starting to emerge as a talent in the sprints.
He won the 200 m on June 19 at the TAC/Mobil Championships in 19.75 s, the second-fastest time in history and the low-altitude record, only 0.03 s behind Pietro Mennea's 1979 mark.
Observers here noted that Lewis probably could have broken the world record if he did not ease off in the final meters to raise his arms in celebration.
But though Myricks had joined Lewis in surpassing 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m) the year before, he failed to qualify for the American team, and Lewis won at Helsinki with relative ease.
His winning leap of 8.55 m (28 ft 0 He also won the 100 m with relative ease.
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During 1982, Lewis cleared 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m) five times outdoors, twice more indoors, going as far as 8.7 m (28 ft 6 in) at Indianapolis, he had three fouls with his toe barely over the board, two of which seemed to exceed Beamon's record, the third which several observers said reached 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m).The Olympic boycott precluded Lewis from competing in Moscow; he instead participated in the Liberty Bell Classic in July 1980, which was an alternate meet for boycotting nations.He jumped 7.77 m (25 ft 5 Lewis was determined to set his records at sea level.For the first time, Lewis was ranked number one in the world, in both the 100 m and the long jump.He won his first national titles in the 100 m and long jump. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.
Tellez would thereafter remain Lewis' coach for his entire career.