Usain Bolt is the greatest, greater than Carl Lewis

March 07, 2016
Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson at a Laureus Awards ceremony Photo by: John Gichigi

American track legend Michael Johnson has always been vocal when it comes to the sport he dominated for many years.

And answering questions on Usain Bolt is something he does not shy away from either. 

According to TMZ Sport, the iconic Olympian says Usain Bolt is the greatest sprinter of all time.

(Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson/Photo by: John Gichigi)

Johnson who held the 200m world record before Usain broke it at the Beijing in 2008 and lowered it the following year was speaking to Laureus when he alluded that the Jamaican sprinter was even greater than Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens.

He was asked how Bolt stacks up as a sprinter against the best in the history.

"You think of the great sprinters of the past who have done things that have never been done before like Jesse Owens, winning four gold medals, and Carl Lewis, doing that as well, and myself being the 200 metres and 400 metres world record holder and Olympic champion," he said.

"So those are the names that you think of, the amazing sprinters of the past. But none of us has produced, in my opinion, the consistency and longevity that Bolt has and so to this point he has to be considered the greatest," Johnson added.

Johnson was also asked if he thinks anyone can beat Bolt at the Olympics in Rio later this year.

"If he’s healthy, I don’t think that anyone can stop him," he expressed.

But while Johnson believes the Jamaican legend will defend his Olympic title, American sprinter Justin Gatlin told TMZ Sport that he will beat Bolt.

"I'm going to win. We are bringing it (gold medal) back to the USA," he boasted.



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