IOC president Jacques Rogge’s downplaying of Bolt’s achievements follows his criticism of the sprinter’s showboating four years ago, but London 2012 chairman Coe has no doubts. Coe said: “Usain Bolt is clearly a legend — no one else has ever won back-to-back 100 metres and 200 metres.”
Rogge said yesterday that Bolt was not yet on the same level as Carl Lewis, the American former sprinter and long-jumper who won Olympic titles at each Games from 1994 to 1996. Rogge, speaking before the 200m final, said: “If you look at the career of Lewis, he had (four) consecutive Games with a medal. Let him (Bolt) participate in three, four Games, and he can be a legend.”
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