Lifestyle & Belief

Usain Bolt makes history and criticizes Carl Lewis


Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 200m at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 9, 2012 in England.


Cameron Spencer

After winning his fifth gold medal yesterday, Usain Bolt told the world what it already knew: "I'm now a legend," he said, the Guardian reported

But what about that other legend, Carl Lewis, the one with 10 Olympic medals?

According to Bolt, "Everybody's forgotten about him."

Bolt went on to say, according to the Associated Press:

"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."

As USA Today points out, Bolt was likely referring to Lewis' remarks to Sports Illustrated in 2008, in which Lewis suggest Bolt may have taken drugs:

"I think there are some issues," he said. "No one is accusing anyone. But don't live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect ... For someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don't question that … you're a fool. Period."

It was an awkward moment during an otherwise historic occasion, a moment that will quickly be overshadowed by Bolt's back-to-back win of the Olympic 100 and 200. 

“I’ve got nothing left to prove,” he told Reuters on Thursday. “I’ve showed the world I’m the best. This is my moment. I’ll never forget this. I did what I wanted. I came out of a rough season and did what I had to do.”

He may have nothing left to prove, but he's still running. On Saturday he'll compete in the 4x100 relay.