Aug 10, 2012

LONDON (USAToday)  – If you brought up Carl Lewis' name to Usain Bolt, he might just respond, Who?

In the informal interview area Thursday at Olympic Stadium, Bolt said of Lewis, "Everybody's forgotten about him."

Bolt's comments came moments after the Jamaican sprinting star one-upped — and then some — Lewis in the Olympic sprinting record books, adding a second 200 title Thursday to the 100 title he won Sunday night, making him the only back-to-back 100 and 200 champ in Olympic history. (Lewis won back-to-back golds in the 100, but went gold-silver at 200 in 1984-88.)

In his formal interview after the race, Bolt's comments twice veered into criticisms of Lewis, who had been quoted recently doubting whether Bolt could repeat his Beijing success. Lewis also was quoted four years ago as being suspicious about whether Bolt's world record times in Beijing had been accomplished drug-free.

In 2008, Lewis told Sports Illustrated: "I think there are some issues. No one is accusing anyone. But don't live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect."

And this: "For someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don't question that … you're a fool. Period."

Bolt, it seems, has not forgotten.

When asked a question about the past greats of the sport, such as Owens and Lewis. Bolt praised Jesse Owens, but of Lewis, he said, "I've lost all respect, all respect."

"The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading," Bolt said. "I think he's just looking for attention because nobody really talks about him."

Bolt called himself the greatest of sprinters and, in answering a question, said that he is what Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali were to their sports.

"I'm guessing I'm in that category," he said.

1 comment:

  1. It is not some farfetched idea for Carl Lewis to be skeptical. Millions of other people are raising an eyebrow too. So I don't think that Carl Lewis is hatin' or all that concerned about being forgotten. I don't want to be skeptical but I am. Marion Jones comes to mind. I watched him in the 200m and started questioning. I tried to temper the thoughts with his height. Yet his height actually heightens the skepticism. I imagine that he has been tested and cleared. If there was even a hint of performance enhancing drugs, they would be quick to call him out on it.

    I understand wanting to defend his record. but I think there is a way to gracefully respond. I'm sure this isn't the first time he has heard someone question the validity of his performance.