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Sprint king has warning for Usain


AMERICAN SPRINT legend Carl Lewis has warned Usain Bolt that he will need luck on his side if he wants to emulate his record medal haul at the London 2012 Games.

Lewis, voted Sportsman of the [20th] Century by the International Olympic Committee, won nine Olympic gold medals.

He captured four of those golds at the 1984 Los Angeles Games in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and the long jump.

The tally, which matched Jesse Owen’s record four golds at Berlin 1936, is something which Bolt has set his sights on equalling.

The Jamaican claimed gold in three of those events at Beijing and he will look to defend his titles as well as winning the 4x400m relay in the summer.

Bolt did not participate in the 4x400m in 2008 and it was won by the USA, who have traditionally dominated the event.


Lewis believes his countrymen will again be a major threat to the 25-year-old’s quadruple ambitions and that good luck could be the crucial factor:

"Every event is not guaranteed," said Lewis.

"In the relays you can't afford to drop the baton.

"Being from America, I'll warn Usain that the 4x400m is going to be pretty tough. I don't remember when we last lost that.

"I was fortunate that everything came together to achieve that [four gold medals]," he added.

"A lot of things have to happen, no matter who you are, to win those multiple events.

He added: "But I think people should try to set goals and really focus on being the best they can be. So I wish the best to anyone who is trying to do multiple events, it's great for the sport."

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