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“Is Usain Bolt clean?

12 September 2008

American track & field legend Carl Lewis has questioned Usain Bolt’s world record breaking performances.

Bolt, 22, broke two individual records at the just concluded Beijing Olympic Games, but according to Lewis, in an interview with US magazine Sports Illustarted, is Bolt clean.

“…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.”

Bolt won the men’s 100m in 9.69 seconds, easing up 15 metres from the finish line, but ran straight through the tape to take the 200m in 19.30 seconds. He was also part of Jamaica’s team, which established a new world record - 37.10.

Lewis, like Bolt, won the sprint double at the 1984 Olympic. Lewis also won four gold medal in a single Olympic. He achieved the feat in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay.

“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,” he said.

He also criticized the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA).

“No one is accusing anyone. But don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. They (Jamaican track officials) 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?

He was making reference to the fact that United States have it’s own Anti-Doping Agency while Jamaica have not yet started it’s own.

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