13 September, 2008

Carl Lewis doubts Usain Bolt's performance

Retired American sprinter - Carl Lewis, one of the greatest athletes ever, is questioning Usain Bolt's incredible Beijing Olympics achievement: "..... for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don't question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you're a fool. Period."

  • It has been a Jamaican love-in since Usain Bolt bestrode the Olympic Games and won a hat-trick of gold medals, but a voice from the past urged caution as the new sprint sensation was heralded as the king of Kingston. With Bolt in the throes of a national party after his homecoming this week, Carl Lewis said that his achievements are questionable. Times on Line

Carl Lewis could be wrong; I very much hope so. But then, it's the same Carl Lewis who questioned Ben Johnson's wins way back in the late 1980s; but, as then - 1980s - Carl Lewis was losing to Ben Johnson, very few people could believe him. Carl Lewis was right. Then. Could he be right this time too?

Three weeks ago, I too wondered at Usain's seemingly impossible performance. I very much hoped, Usain Bolt had truly and honestly became the first man to set world records in both the 100 and 200 in the same Olympics and be the fastest man in the World. As Carl Lewis says: Period.

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