Johnson picks Bolt over Lewis ‘hands down’

first_imgAMERICAN sprint legend Michael Johnson claims Usain Bolt ranks easily above compatriot Carl Lewis when it comes to consideration for the greatest track athlete of all time.The two fierce rivals from different generations have on occasion engaged in a war of words in the last few years and a quick glance at their achievements shows the former athletes have posted similar stats throughout their careers.The versatile Lewis, who also took part in the long jump, earned a total of 9 Olympic and 8 World Championship gold medals. Bolt, who still hold the remarkable 100m and 200 sprint world records, earned a total of 8 Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals.Despite similar statistics, Johnson believes it is Bolt who holds the edge having achieved a higher level of consistency throughout his career.“Usain Bolt, that was easy,” Johnson told Indian Today, refuting the suggestion that the choice was a difficult one.“Three Olympics in a row and 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and world records and every event and World Championships for years; his consistency and longevity hasn’t been matched by anyone,” he added.The two have often been mentioned along with another American star Jessie Owens in the debate surrounding the greatest of all time. Bolt pulled the curtains on a legendary career at the London World Championships this summer. ( read more