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Monday 13, Aug 2012

  Bolt ‘Loses All Respect’ For Carl Lewis

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After basking in his historic Olympic sprinting double, @Usain Bolt took a momentary break to fiercely criticize former US athlete Carl Lewis.

Bolt said Lewis had “lost all respect” in his eyes after the former athletic great said the doping controls of Jamaica were not as strong compared to other countries. In recent years, Lewis has said drug testing procedures in Jamaica might need to be tightened though he did not make any direct accusation. Bolt lashed out at nine-time gold-medal winner after being asked if he did like to be compared with Lewis or the great Jesse Owens. Bolt remarked he does not have respect for Carl Lewis and added that it is really downgrading for track athletes to make accusations against others athletes and Lewis did this all only to gather attention as no body really talks about him.

 

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

Carl Lewis vs. Usain Bolt

 

Lewis while talking to Sports Illustrated said that countries such as Jamaica don’t have a random testing program and this means that athletes can go on for months without being tested. He added that his statement is not meant to accuse any one of anything, but every athlete should be on a level-playing field.

Widely regarded as the fastest man ever, Usain St. Leo Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. Bolt is the reigning Olympic champion in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100 meters relay and also the first man ever to achieve the distinction of the “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 & 2012). The achievements of Usain Bolt in sprinting have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt” and he is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.

‘I have no respect for Carl Lewis’: Usain Bolt – NewsX – YouTube Video

Bolt, under the guidance of coach Fitz Coleman became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under twenty seconds to take the world junior record outright with a time of 19.93 s. On May 31, 2008 Bolt established a new 100 m world record after registering a time of 9.72 s at the Reebok Grand Prix held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City and broke the record of compatriot Asafa Powell. After his return to Jamaica from Golden League final in Brussels (2008 athletics season), Bolt was selected as the IAAF Male Athlete of the year and won a Special Olympic Award for his performances and was selected in 2009 as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year for the second year running. He came second to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials in both 100 m and 200 m but won the Olympics 100 meters gold medal with a time of 9.63 seconds to set a new Olympic record for that distance and defending his gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

It is ironical to learn that a man himself accused of failing drug tests is accusing others of wrongdoings. The United States Olympic Committee’s director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, Dr. Wade Exum, gave copies of documents that revealed that 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were allowed to compete and Carl Lewis was one of them. The document copies revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. Lewis didn’t deny the test results and said he was treated the same as other athletes from the United States in similar positions.

 

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Friday 30, Dec 2011

  Two All Blacks accused of steroid use

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In a new book by Jack Ralston, the former coach of Olympic gold medalist Hamish Carter, two All Blacks in the 1990s have been accused of taking steroids.

“People might be stunned by this but I know at least two All Blacks in the 1990s who responded to demands that they bulk up by taking steroids,” Ralston revealed in an early edition of his biography The Sports Insider.

Ralston added he “never saw” any All Black ingesting steroids.

Friday 01, Oct 2010

  Ben Johnson stripped of gold medal

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Ben Johnson stripped of gold medalCanadian Ben Johnson was stripped of the gold medal for this world record-setting 100-meter win after he tested positive for steroids.

NBC said the gold would be awarded to Carl Lewis and IOC spokeswoman Michele Verdier said the medal could either be given to Lewis or the first place may be left vacant.

Heidebrecht acknowledged a Canadian contention of sabotage that the steroid might have been given to Johnson after the race.

Thursday 17, Sep 2009

  Ben Johnson paved the way of general cynicism towards sports achievement

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Ben Johnson paved the way of general cynicism towards sports achievement Ban Johnson was born in Jamaica but migrated to Canada when he was 14 years old. Johnson met a Canadian sprint champion and coach Charlie Francis, who encouraged him to join the Scarborough Optimist Track and field club in York University.

In the early 80s, Johnson’s career was so flourishing. His first success came when he won two silver medals at the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Australia.

However, his biggest and widely famous feat was the 1988 Seoul Olympics 100 meter-dash. He won the gold medal against long-time rival, US sprinter Carl Lewis, in September 24.

Three days after, what Canada imagined, as their biggest achievement in the world of track and field, suddenly became a disgrace.

Johnson was found to test positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Because of this, he was stripped of his medal. His medal was given to his rival Carl Lewis, who later on admitted to using steroids as well, but was not stripped of his medals.

This incident made such a lasting impact on many people that many became skeptical every time an athlete makes a winning record. They said Ben Johnson’s case made fans hesitant to embrace any accomplishment for fear of a future scandal.

Wednesday 31, Dec 2008

  Usain Bolt: Center of Accolades and Doping Suspicions of 2008

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usain-bolt-steroidsBolt’s impressive performance on the track in Beijing had not only yielded accolades but scrutiny as well.

BALCO founder Victor Conte voiced out his concern in connection with athletes like Bolt who hail from Caribbean countries. Most of these countries lack independent anti-doping agencies to check the cleanliness of these athletes according to confessed and jailed steroid supplier Conte.

American sprint star Carl Lewis similarly expressed his disbelief of Bolt’s performance with this statement: “I’m still working with the fact he dropped from 10-flat to 9.6 in one year,” American Lewis was quoted as saying. “I think there are some issues … countries like Jamaica do not have a random (dope control) program so they can go months without being tested.”

Bolt, in response, said: “I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,”

“I know what he said. To me it doesn’t really matter what he said, a lot of people were saying that.

“Carl Lewis can say whatever he wants. That’s just his opinion,” Lewis said

Thursday 02, Oct 2008

  Hints, allegations on track athletes’ steroid use

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carl-lewis-steroidsWe’ve posted Carl Lewis’ controversial comments on the Caribbean athletes’ possible use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. According to Lewis, his suspicion is based on the fact that Caribbean nations do not have adequate anti-doping program.

Former BALCO boss Victor Conte has pretty much hinted the same thing that the superior performance of Caribbean athletes on the track could be partly due to illegal compounds.

Both were particularly suspicious of Usain Bolt’s impressive performance in Beijing.

Now, it’s Jamaica-strikes-back scenario.

In Jamaica, it is now Carl Lewis trashing season. Allegations on Lewis’ doping activity are splayed on the local media.

In a recent telephone interview, Bolt has shrugged off Lewis’ comments in a recent telephone interview.

“I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,” said the Jamaican track superstar.

“I know what he said. To me it doesn’t really matter what he said, a lot of people were saying that.”

When Veronica Campbell-Brown, the five-time Olympic medalist from Jamaica, recently talked about the possibility of use of PEDs during the 1980s, the name of American track icon Florence Griffith-Joyner has come up. Campbell-Brown said that it was not for her to say that the world records set at that period when Flo-Jo has reigned were tainted, but acknowledged that it was a possibility.

Campbell-Brown has retained her Olympic title in the 200m in Beijing, but her run of 21.74 seconds – her personal best – is still slower by 0.4 seconds of Flo-Jo’s 1988 record. This is a very, very significant margin which has prompted many women athletes to consider Flo-Jo’s times as “men’s” records.

Excerpts from Caymanian Compass’ report:

“Everybody wants to watch a world record,” Campbell–Brown told BBC Sport. “The men enjoy all the glamour because they’re capable of breaking world records. Women don’t have that luxury.”

In Olympic track and field disciplines, the only women’s world records to have been set in the last 20 years have come in modified or recently added events.

Today’s competitors, in fact, are not even threatening the majority of records from the 1980s.

This has led many observers to suggest those records are suspicious and may have been achieved with the use of illegal, performance–enhancing drugs.

Perhaps the most suspicious, and iconic, of those records is Griffith–Joyner’s 10.49 for the 100m.

The American smashed the previous mark by a staggering 0.27 seconds in the quarter–finals of the US Olympic Trials in 1988.

It was also a half–second faster than she had ever run prior to that season, and it came after a three–year break from the sport.

Aged 28 at the time, she would quit athletics two months later, shortly before the introduction of out–of–competition drug testing.

At the age of 38, Flo-Jo died and her unexpected demise has fuelled the rumors that she was using illicit drugs. It was reported the cause of her death was that she had suffocated in her pillow during a severe epileptic seizure.

Many believed that Flo-Jo’s world record at the 100m event could have been wind-aided or steroid-assisted, or both. The remarkable development of her physique and performance had raised many eyebrows. In 1988, she displayed dramatic gains in muscle mass and definition. It was noted that prior to the 1988 season, Flo-Jo’s best at the 100m was 10.96; in 1988 she upgraded that by 0.47 seconds. Likewise, her pre-1988 best at 200m was 21.96; in1988 she improved that to 21.34.

Monday 29, Sep 2008

  Usain Bolt says he’s clean; dismisses Carl Lewis’ doping allegations

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usain-bolt-steroidsIn a recent telephone interview with Reuters, Usain Bolt insists he is squeaky clean and that he has gained track stardom due to hard training.

Bolt also answers back to American sprint superstar Carl Lewis’ scrutiny that he may be on some performance boosters when he smashed world records at the recently concluded Beijing Olympics.

Lewis has dropped some controversial comments during his interview with Sports Illustrated. His comments have sparked indignation in Jamaica, Lightning Bolt’s country.

“I’m still working with the fact he dropped from 10-flat to 9.6 in one year,” American Lewis was quoted as saying. “I think there are some issues … countries like Jamaica do not have a random (dope control) programme so they can go months without being tested.”

But Bolt attempts to negate Lewis’ insinuation.

“I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,” said the 6-foot-5 sprinter.

“I know what he said,” said the Jamaican. “To me it doesn’t really matter what he said, a lot of people were saying that.

“When you run the 100 metres that’s what you get. As long as you’re fast they start saying that.

“It’s like a trend. I’m trying to change that. It’s a bad image for the sport.

“Carl Lewis can say whatever he wants. That’s just his opinion.”

Indeed, a lot of tongues went a-wagging when Bolt won the gold in 100m, 200m, and 4×100 relay events – quite easily in the view of many observers. Thus, the suspicion that Bolt maybe using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs for such an impressive runs.

But Bolt says he owed it all to strict training.

“The 200 is also sprinting, that was key,” he said. “The only thing I had to do was get my start right and I got my start right.

“That’s why my last 50 metres are so good because I’ve got speed and endurance.”

Bolt also denies the accusations thrown at him by many of his naysayers that there is inadequate testing program in his country, as well as in other Caribbean nations.

“For sure we get tested in the Caribbean,” he said. “They like to come to your house early in the morning.

“It’s not cool getting up at six, seven in the morning when you’re just trying to enjoy your sleep. But I know what it’s for and it’s fair. We get tested all the time.

“When you’re in the top 20 in the world you get random tested. They get to know your whereabouts.”

Further, Bolt talks about his career path. He says he would definitely defend his records at the London Olympics in 2012.

I’ll be in London … I hope it isn’t cold,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that. “I can be champion again. I’ll be 26 then. I have a lot of time on my hands. All I have to do is stay focused, train hard and be ready.”

And track fans would probably see him in the 400 meters.

“In the future I’ll probably step up to 400 metres,” he said. “But it’s a lot of work. I’m not ready for that kind of work.”

Friday 19, Sep 2008

  Carl Lewis comments on Usain Bolts possible steroid use backfires

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usain-bolt-steroidsSo, it’s now down to trash-talking instead of track-running.

The word war steams up between Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt, or at least Bolt’s nation, Jamaica. Suffice it to say that Lewis will not be welcomed in Jamaica with open arms but with a barrage of the now world-renowned Trelawny yams. Here are some excerpts from a scathing editorial which appeared on the Jamaican Observer. The editorial basically sums up Jamaicans’ sentiment on Carl Lewis.

No sooner had the world slapped down Mr Jacques Rogge for his reprimand of Mr Bolt’s celebration on winning the 100 metres in a new world record, we now have the xenophobic US Olympian, Mr Carl Lewis, raising doubts about the authenticity of Mr Bolt’s outstanding achievements.

According to a Caribbean Media Corporation report published in last Saturday’s Observer magazine, Sporting World, Mr Lewis, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, raised strong doubts about Mr Bolt’s performances in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay – all won in world record times – but cleverly stopped short of accusing the Jamaican sprinter of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Lewis, himself an Olympic medalist – nine gold medals out of 10 Olympic medals – dropped some controversial comments at his recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

“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,” Lewis said.

Mr Lewis who, in the past, has used his stature as an Olympic champion to oppose the acceptance of Caribbean athletes, particularly Jamaicans, by American colleges, went further to try and smear Jamaica’s drug-testing programme.

“Countries like Jamaica do not have a random programme, so they can go months without being tested,” he fumed.

Then he delivered what he obviously believed would be regarded as some form of objectivity by saying: “No one is accusing Bolt, but don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. How dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport.”

The editorial defends that Jamaica has ‘never felt itself beyond inspection’ and that they are, in fact, under the International Association of Athletic Federations’ random drug screening program.

All this, of course, exposes Mr Lewis’s lies which, we believe, are driven by envy and the fact that his own athletics career – during which he won nine Olympic gold medals – has been shrouded in suspicion.

Ouch, that hurts!

Lewis has, indeed, gotten embroiled in a steroid scandal himself. If you remember that back in 2003, Dr. Wade Exum suggested of some anomalous activity within the United States Olympic Committee. Exum, director of the drug control administration of USOC from 1991 to 2000, provided documents to support his claim with the names of around 100 athletes who had failed anti-doping tests but were later cleared to compete at the Seoul Olympics. Among the athletes was Carl Lewis.

It was further revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics for three banned stimulants pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. The initial decision was to ban him from said Olympics and slap him with a six-month suspension but that decision was later overturned when USOC accepted Lewis’ excuse of inadvertently using said banned compounds. Subsequently, Lewis was cleared to compete in Seoul.

At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Carl Lewis received the silver in the 100-meter event, falling behind Canadian Ben Johnson. He was awarded the gold, however, when Johnson was later disqualified for failing a doping test. Lewis was awarded world record for running the 100 metres at 9.93 seconds.

Wednesday 17, Sep 2008

  Usain Bolt under scrutiny because of Jamaica’s inadequate steroid testing program

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usain-bolt-steroidsCarl Lewis and Victor Conte are two prominent personalities who have been engaged in running – the former running on the athletic track, the latter running a steroid ring. These two ‘runners’ suspect sprint superstar Usain Bolt’s performance at the recently concluded Beijing Olympics could not only be due to his diet of homemade yams but to steroids and other performance enhancers as well.

Conte has recently expressed his misgivings about the impressive performance of athletes coming from the Caribbean countries like Jamaica. Conte’s suspicion is based on the fact that these countries lack or have inadequate testing programs for steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. This is also the basis of Lewis’ skepticism; that unlike the United States, Jamaica has humungous task ahead regarding its anti-doping policy.

“I’m proud of America right now because we have the best random and most comprehensive drug-testing program. Countries like Jamaica do not have a random program, so they can go months without being tested. No one is accusing Bolt, but don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. How dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport?”

Understandably, Lewis’ comments has raised some hackles in Bolt’s country, particularly Herb Elliot, Jamaica team doctor and a member of the IAAF antidoping commission. Elliot stated that the US was circulating “condescending crap” at the Olympics. “They still think we don’t know anything down in Jamaica,” he said.

In 2003, Lewis was one of the athletes whose names appeared in the documents provided by Dr. Wade Exum to Sports Illustrated. Exum was the United States Olympic Committee from 1991 to 2000.

The American athletes, numbering to about 100, failed anti-doping screenings and should have been disqualified from participating in the Olympics but were nevertheless got clearance to compete. The documents said Lewis tested positive three times prior to the 1988 Seoul Olympics for three banned stimulants – pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. He was banned from said Olympics and was suspended for six months. Lewis denied he consciously used the banned substances, a claim which USOC had believed and prompted them to clear Lewis for future competitions.