Did it seem odd that Jamaica totally dominated the track events at the Beijing Olympic Games? Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is more than suspicious. In an interview with Sports Illustrated columnist Arash Makazi, the nine time gold medalist says he "doesn't trust" how easily Bolt shattered three world records in Beijing.
Lewis: 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
SI.com: I don't want to put words in your mouth, but are you accusing Bolt of possibly doing something illegal in order to gain an advantage?
Lewis: No one is accusing anyone. But don't live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. They say, "Oh, we've been great for the sport." No, you have not. No country has had that kind of dominance. I'm not saying they've done anything for certain. I don't know. But how dare anybody feel that there shouldn't be scrutiny, especially in our sport?
The reality is that if I were running now, and had the performances I had in my past, I would expect them to say something. I wouldn't even be offended at the question. So when people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all-time. But 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.
Lewis was blunt in his criticism of Team USA's relatively lackluster performance on the track and attempts to rationalize their clumsiness. "I was completely embarrassed that the United States could not pass the baton. I've been in track and field for 40 years and I've seen the baton dropped 10 times, and we dropped it twice in the Olympics. Look, I love Lauryn Williams, but when I read she said the baton had a mind of its own, I honestly said that girl needs to be committed. Are you kidding me? It was her fault."
Oh, and make sure you read the last graph when Carl Lewis criticizes those who compare track athletes to "young people [who] tell me Beyonce is better than so-and-so." Interesting. Do the "children" really say that?