(CBS SPORTS) – Only a few things Usain Bolt could do in the immediate wake of his gold medal 200-meter sprint that could create a headline as big as the one he earned in that race.
Calling out the most decorated American track athlete of all-time is one of them.
In his post-race press conference, Bolt went after Carl Lewis, saying he had “no respect” for the man anymore. Why? Because Lewis has been critical of Bolt’s ability in the past, even as early as a few weeks saying he didn’t think Bolt could match his then-unmatched accomplishment: winning back-to-back golds in the 100 meters.
Bolt did that, did it faster than Lewis, then four days later, on Thursday night, got the 200 gold. After the celebrations ended and Bolt fulfilled his media obligations with a massive press conference, things went in a different direction. He was able to reflect on his legacy, but also get things off his chest now that he’d won the two most important races of his life, the two races that cemented his status as a sprinting deity.