Carl Lewis Hints at Bolt Drug Connection

US great says Jamaica's testing policy puts Olympic feats in question
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2008 12:55 PM CDT
In this July 29, 1996 file photo, Carl Lewis of the United States takes his third jump during the men's long jump final at the 1996 Summer Olympic games in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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(Newser) – US Olympic great Carl Lewis says Jamaica needs to toughen its drug policy before he’ll take Usain Bolt’s sprinting feats seriously. “I think there are some issues,” Lewis tells Sports Illustrated. “No one is accusing anyone. But don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect.” Unlike the US, Jamaica does not have a random drug-testing program.

“For someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don't question that … you're a fool. Period,” said Lewis, adding that were he dominating today, he would expect to be questioned. Lewis was offended, he added, when a top track official said Bolt’s performances were more impressive than Lewis’. “For him to make that judgment is wrong,” says Lewis. “He should talk about Usain on his own merits.” (Read more random drug testing stories.)

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