Carl Lewis has arrived for the Seoul Olympics, vowing that Ben Johnson will never beat him again.
Lewis flew into Seoul late on Wednesday night from the U.S. training camp in Japan and told about 300 reporters who greeted him that, "The gold medal for the 100 meters race is mine. I will never again lose to Johnson."Lewis, who will be trying to repeat his four gold medal showing at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, shunned the athletes' village. Instead he will stay at a Seoul hotel.
The last time they met, in Zurich in August, Lewis avenged five straight losses to Johnson. The pair earned $500,000 for their clash.
Lewis leads the Canadian 9-6 in their 15 meetings over 100 meters since they first battled as juniors in 1980. But Johnson holds the world record of 9.83 seconds, set at the 1987 world championships in Rome with an electrifying start.
Lewis, looking elegant in a white silk suit and sunglasses, offered little to reporters clamoring for news before he sped off with an escort of about 100 South Korean security men.
But his Santa Monica, Calif., track club passed out a glossy color brochure about him, saying Lewis has been spurred since last year by the death of his father, William.
Lewis buried his Los Angeles 100-meter Olympic gold medal with his father.
In the brochure, coach Tom Tellez expressed his worries that the long jump was being held so soon after the second round of the 200 meters.
"If Carl is in one of the later heats in the round and in one of the early flights in the long jump, that could be very serious.
"He hasn't done that before and it will be new to him. There's a chance that he could lose the long jump," Tellez was quoted as saying.
Tellez, wary of the media hype that surrounds Lewis, said that for now, "Carl has to rest. Remember, he's not doing just one event. He will be on the track almost every day."
He added: "He has to create an environment which is the same as at home and get away from the distractions as much as possible so he can concentrate."
But Lewis may have made one mistake already. A South Korean astrologer, asked to give her pre-Olympic forecasts, said: "Lewis has to be cautious choosing his arrival date in Seoul.
"He should come on September 15 or 16 or bad luck will befall him." He arrived on the evening of September 14.