There is no doubt that Usain Bolt is undeniably the fastest man in the world, admired by some, loved by many –and now, maybe hated by a few.
At his press conference after his historic win in the 200-meters, he was asked about his predecessors, Jessie Owens and Carl Lewis. Bolt was quick to speak to his admiration of Owens, but he nothing good to say about Carl Lewis.
“Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him,” Bolt said. “The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading. I think he’s just looking for attention because nobody really talks about him. I”ve lost all respect for him. All respect.”
Bolt was asked what caused him to lose respect for Lewis.
“All drug stuff,” he responded.
Before you go throwing stones as Bolt, you have to consider what he’s referring to.
Four years ago when Bolt beat his own record Lewis specifically questioned Bolt’s huge time drop in the 100 meters, from 10.03 to 9.69 in the course of a year.n “If you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool,” Lewis said. “Period.”
Fast forward to the present day and Bolt considers the questioning stupid.
“For an athlete to be out of the sport and be saying that is really upsetting,” he said Thursday night. “It’s really amazing when people talk stupid stuff,” Bolt said. “Lewis, nobody remembers who he is. … We [the Jamaicans] work hard, we push ourselves to the limit. I shouldn’t even have to respond to that.”
Well, for now, Bolt doesn’t have to respond to such speculation. He is considered the fastest man in the world shattering his own world record and easily moving up the ladder as the highest paid Olympic athlete. IIn light of past events where astounding feats of strength and athleticism were found out to be laced with banned substances, Carl Lewis’ speculation makes “sense”, however, his timing is wrong. in the wake of someone’s achievement and moment of glory and celebration, raining on their parade, however sensical, just seems like “hating”.
Carl Lewis doesn’t have to criticize Bolt. Olympic officials however congratulatory are definitely on the look-out for banned substances. If Bolt is “dirty” it will come out.
In the meantime, Lewis would do well to leave well enough alone.
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