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London 2012: Carl Lewis jets in - but won't watch sprinters

The nine-time Olympic gold medallist won’t be going to the track events. “It’s a personal thing.”

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AMERICAN ATHLETICS LEGEND Carl Lewis flew into London on Tuesday for the Olympic Games — but said he would not be watching any fellow stars of the track compete.

Nine-time Olympic gold-medal winner Lewis touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport after jetting in from New Jersey, and revealed he was looking forward to watching the fencing.

“I’m excited to be here,” the 51-year-old former sprinter and long-jump star told AFP. ”I went to the ping-pong in Beijing and I’m interested in fencing this time.

“I like to see two or three new sports every time I come to the Games — and my kids want to see the BMX. But I won’t be going to the track events — it’s a personal thing.”

Lewis, who won medals at four Olympics from 1984 to 1996, was also cheered by the sunny skies in London, a stark contrast to the incessant rain on his last trip two weeks ago.

“We saw how bad the weather was then — I hear it’s 30 degrees now so let’s hope it holds!”

Lewis is one of only four Olympians to have won nine Olympic gold medals. He won them in four different events — the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay.

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