It took me a long time to write this letter because I have been, and still am, a great admirer of Carl Lewis. This letter speaks to the comment attributed to Carl made before the 2012 Olympics to the effect that he, Usain Bolt, would not be able to repeat his 2008 feat in the 100m and 200m at the 2012 Olympics.
In the immortal words of Denesh Ramdeen, slightly modified for name, “Yeh Carl talk nah.”
I write now to serve a warning to Carl, and others who think like him, about the 2016 Olympics. It may be my imagination but I do believe that Usain slowed up when coming to the tape in the 100m final 2012 Olympics. That may be my imagination, but that he did about 12 push-ups immediately after the race at a short distance from the finish line is not.
One can speculate without limit on the meaning of these two events – the first, if my imagination is right, constitutes a saving of energy (for 2016?); and what did he want to prove with the pushups?
My own take is “Look out, 2016, here I come.” So, Carl, no more premature comments, please.
Mujtaba Ahmad Nasir