1988 Olympic Gold Medal for Men's 100M awarded to Carl Lewis

Image for 1988 Olympic Gold Medal for Men's 100M awarded to Carl Lewis
Issued by
International Olympic Committee, Swiss, founded 1894
Received by
Lewis, Carl, American, born 1961
Commissioned by
Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee, South Korean, 1981 - 1989
Designed by
Cassioli, Giuseppe, Italian, 1865 - 1942
Yang, Sung-chun, Korean
Manufactured by
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation, South Korean, founded 1951
Medium
silver, gold, ribbon
Dimensions
With Ribbon: 19 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 3/8 in. (49.5 x 6 x 1 cm)
Type
medals
Place depicted
Seoul, South Korea, Asia
Date
1988
Description
An Olympic gold medal with attached ribbon. The medal is molded with figures in relief on the obverse and reverse. The obverse side features a seated woman, representing Lady Victory, dressed in a flowing robe and holding a palm frond in her left hand and a winner's crown of leaves above her head. A coliseum is visible behind her. To her left the words [XXIV / Olympiad / Seoul / 1988] appear in relief. The reverse features a stylized relief outline of a dove holding a laurel branch in its beak. Above the bird 5 interlocking rings appear, and above this are a group of three concentric spirals, the Korean Taeguk. The rim of the medal is engraved with the words [ATHLETICS MEN 100M] at the bottom. The medal is attached by a chain link to a loop of white, orange, red, and blue striped ribbon, which is sewn at the top.
Topic
African American
Men
Olympics
Track and field
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Carl Lewis Estate
Object number
2013.126.17
Restrictions & Rights
© International Olympic Committee. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Awards and Medals
Exhibition
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 052
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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