Lewis on Bolt

Carl Lewis says what lots of us are thinking about sprinter Usain Bolt:

“When people ask me about Bolt I say he could be the greatest athlete of all time. But to run 10.03 seconds one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport with the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period.”

Chopping .34 seconds off your time in one year is a pretty radical improvement. We’d certainly like to believe such gains are possible via standard training methods. For some reason, though, no elite sprinter has ever managed to do that. Huh.

Via Deadpsin.

  1. Mike said:

    For me, one of the most unappreciated, incredible sports moments of the last 30 years is when Carl Lewis almost caught Ben Johnson at the end. No one ever talks about that! The other guy was loaded on ‘roids and Carl almost got him. He even broke the world record in that race, despite finishing second to Johnson.

    I didn’t consider whether or not Bolt took PED’s. I thought the Olympics does a much better job with that now? What do you think?

    Also, Ben Johnson exploded out of the gate in his race way ahead of the others. The impressive thing with Bolt’s race was how much faster his top speed was. If that race goes another 20 meters, he really kills the others. Er well, he killed in the 200 meters too, right?

  2. You should read “Game of Shadows”, the book about Barry Bonds and BALCO. Track plays a central role in it.

    And how is it possible for an already-elite sprinter to shave so much time off so quickly? That just doesn’t happen without help, in my world.

    Testing for PEDs is a game, where the designer drugs stay one or two steps ahead of the testing technology, and only the dumb athletes get caught.