Usain Bolt is the shizit when it comes to the track. This dude is so fast that he makes lightning look like an underachiever. I literally cannot name a more polarizing track star in the history of the sport.
On Thursday, Bolt added to his own fame by winning the 200-meter title to add to the 100-meter title he won Sunday, making him the only back-to-back 100m and 200m chap in Olympic history. Following his win, he then went out and verbally trashed one of America's most famous Olympians, Carl Lewis.
Lewis, who went gold-gold, gold-silver in the 100m and 200m in consecutive years, isn't a believer in the greatness of Bolt. Back in 2008, Lewis gave an interview with Sports Illustrated questioning whether Bolt is really as fast as he is or if he is the product of modern performance enhancers.
"I think there are some issues.” Lewis said. “No one is accusing anyone. But don't live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect."
Then Lewis got a little more critical: "For someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don't question that … you're a fool. Period."
Bolt, who considers himself the Michael Jordan of running, didn't take kindly to the comments made by Lewis, stating that "I've lost all respect, all respect." for the former Olympian star.
"The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading," Bolt said. "I think he's just looking for attention because nobody really talks about him."
Usain Bolt will go down as one of the greatest Olympians of all time but perhaps there is a grain of truth to the whole drug enhancement argument. Jamaica swept all three medal spots in the 200m on Thursday with Bolt grabbing gold, Yohan Blake silver and Warren Weir bronze, and even prompted a reporter to slip up and call them the “Jamaican Drug Team”
The sweeping of the metals, the increase in speed for Bolt and the inadvertent slip of a reporter's tongue isn't reason enough for anyone to put an asterisk by Bolt's records, but it should be noted that the Silver medalist, Blake, does have a three month suspension on his record for a failed drug test. Blake tested positive for a stimulant back In 2009. To hear Bolt though, his team is as clean as it can be.
"Without a doubt," Bolt said, when asked if his team was clean. "We train hard. … We do our best to show the world we are clean."
While the clean or dirty argument will never probably be solved, one thing is for certain; Bolt is by far one of the most memorable Olympians ever to step on a podium, by far.
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.