Legendary American Olympian, Carl Lewis, who won lengthy jump gold in four successive Olympic video games (1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996), was once not happy that as a brand, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt turned into larger than the game of track and field.
while being forced to renowned that the ultimate decade in world athletics belonged to Usain Bolt, Lewis has made it clear that he used to be not ok with the virtually singular focus on the Jamaican showman over the period.
broadly viewed as the best athlete of all time, Bolt ended his illustrious profession in disappointment at the latest World Championship in London, where he pocketed only a bronze medal within the 100m, a dismal outcome through his standard standards.
And with injury to boot for Bolt, Lewis continues to be no sparing him the now well-centered psychological attack from up north.
“the game isn’t just about one particular person. no person is irreplaceable. monitor and box survived many civilisations. Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and now Usain Bolt.
men will all come and go, but the recreation will at all times stay,” Lewis, who tallied 9 Olympic gold medals, mentioned in an interview with India’s PTI information.
With Bolt’s departure, Lewis now thinks it’s time to build on the game, so people will get over their obsession with a unique determine.
“We want to do extra to construct on the sport. We don’t want to practice that development that we have now been within the ultimate eight years, which was once almost about following one particular person,” stated Lewis at an American observe and field experience.
“Our job is to fill the void. within the ultimate 10 years, the sport has no longer grown, as the point of interest used to be simply on one man. the purpose is, we wish to build competitors. we have a novel chance to rebuild and grow our sport. Now we have a chance to make a distinction, grow our game, and now not simply develop yourself,” said Lewis in making a swipe at Bolt, whose extraordinary success he has by no means come to accept as part of the pure route of history.
“We had been in order that caught up trying to make one person all about the whole game, and now we have a novel probability to spread it throughout the board and actually allow it grow,” introduced Lewis.
He referred to World Championship 100m silver medalist, American Christian Coleman, and Rio bronze medalist, Canadian Andre de Grasse, as those to be careful for within the coming years.
“Christian Coleman used to be second (in World Championships) behind Justin Gatlin and he had the fastest time this yr.
Gatlin is 35 years outdated, and that used to be probably his closing main championship. i believe De Grasse and Coleman are both nice athletes, and i’m in reality fascinated about them,” said Lewis, who expressed confidence that they are able to handle the standard that used to be set with the aid of Bolt.
Lewis, who’s in Taiwan as assistant show of the usa observe and box college staff, named young Cameron Burrell as some of the next big issues amongst American monitor and container contenders.
Burrell competes both in the 100m and lengthy jump like Lewis did, and is a son of Lewis’ former teammate, Leroy Burrell, who was the 1991 World Championship 100m bronze medalist, and in addition an Olympic relay champion.
“I was a long jumper who ran sprints. And now Cameron is trying to try this. I would like to peer that. He is a superb kid and he has the potential to turn into an Olympic champion,” Lewis recommended.
with reference to Cameron Burrell, Lewis took another swipe at Bolt.
“That’s the wonderful thing about our activity, and i think Cameron is going to be an Olympics champion one day, and Coleman can also be going to be an Olympic champion.
“everyone simply wants to speak about the garden centre instead of lumber space or the garb area. now we have a perfect activity that we wish to unfold it throughout and discuss in regards to the unique relationships. Don’t let folks get into the box where it’s about just one particular person,” he mused.
Lewis also labeled the booing of Gatlin after successful the 100m sprint at the up to date World Championships ahead of Bolt as “infantile”.
“It was unfair. i’m not saying what he has finished is right. but it surely was once infantile,” Lewis said. (NAN)