LONDON -"Mr. Bombastic" himself, Usain Bolt, now dubbed the fastest man alive, blasted Carl Lewis for hinting that he used an enhancement to perform as spectacular as he did in Beijing four years ago.
During a press conference on Thursday, Bolt took the opportunity to send some harsh words to Lewis for his criticism, answering the question of whether he would like to be compared to the great Jesse Owens or Lewis himself by saying, "I'm going to say something controversial right now. Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him. The things he says about the track athletes is really downgrading for another athlete to say something like that. I think he's just looking for attention, really because nobody really talks much about him."
Bolt added that what Lewis said had really upset him and went on to reiterate for emphasis, ""I have lost all respect for him, all respect."
What Bolt was referring to was what Lewis had said about he and his team and ironically he too had said he does not respect Bolt. Below is the rest of what the former U.S. sprinter had said a few years ago to Sports Illustrated in Beijing "Countries like Jamaica do not have a random program, so they can go months without being tested. I'm not saying anyone is on anything but everyone needs to be on a level playing field."
Lewis had also questioned Bolt's actual sprint record, saying,"I'm still working with the fact that he dropped from 10-flat to 9.6 sec in one year. I think there are some issues. I'm proud of America right now because we have the best random and most comprehensive drug-testing program."
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The former Olympic gold medalist also predicted that "the Lightening Bolt," as he is sometimes called, could not duplicate the same record at this Olympics.
Usain proved Lewis wrong by cleaning up the gold to win in the 100 and twice in 200m, in a time of 19.32 seconds, breaking records. No one had ever won the 200m twice at the same games.
Though Lewis had been a phenomenal sprinter, winning gold in 1984 for the 200m and snagging the silver in 1988, he has never done what Bolt did at this time around.
Some are asking if his comments in 2008 were as a result of sour grapes, a tinge of jealousy? To hint at fellow athletes drug use without substantial reason or proof may have been highly irresponsible of Lewis.
Bolt's fellow teammates also did well, making it a trio affair. Yohan Blake took the silver and hurdler Warren Weir got the bronze, with a personal best of 19.89 secs. The women's gold also went to Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who now has the title of fastest woman in the world after winning the 100m in 10.75 sec.