Recently the movie Race was released depicting the true to life story of one of America’s and indeed the world’s greatest sprinters Jesse Owens.
There is no doubt he is regarded as the best but American Sprinter Michael Johnson has come out with his opinion whom he thinks is the world’s greatest and it is none other than Jamaica’s own Usain St Leo Bolt!
According to Johnson Bolt is greater than Carl Lewis (and we know this one must be eating Lewis up!) and better than the icon Jesse Owens.
Johnson’s opinion is no lightweight either as held the previous world record for the 200m before Bolt smashed it to 19.19 and he is still the holder of the 400m record.
Johnson gave his opinion to Laureus )where Bolt as well as Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce are both in contention for Athlete of the Year) answering the question on how Bolt measures up as a sprinter against the best in 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.
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,” said Johnson and a humbling statement if you ask us.
Johnson also expressed confidence that if Bolt is in top form, he will retain his titles.