Usain Bolt's Legacy Endures as He Remains in Top 5 Most Written-About Athletes’s correspondent EME News, reporting from the Rio Olympics earlier today, informs that the 1980 Olympics 100m champion, Allan Wells is expressing doubts as to whether two time double sprint winner and world record breaker on all four occasions, Usain Bolt, will retain his title in the shorter sprint.

The Scotsman is quoted as saying, “It’s probably 50-50 in my mind at the moment. I think Bolt thinks, in his own mind, that it’s better for him in the 200 metres.”

“I feel that he hasn’t done enough running, not enough competition and he’s had that hamstring problem in the Jamaican Championships,” added Wells.

The man who took the 1978 Commonweath Games 200m title, when Donald Quarrie, who was the then Olympic champion, was going for three straight, further stated, “I know he’s had some treatment in Germany and he ran 19.89 in the 200 at the London Anniversary Games recently – not that great by his standards – but he should take that in Rio.”

“I think he’s going to find the 100 difficult though,” Wells said.

Editor’s Note: Quarrie had won the 100m in 1970, 1974 and 1978, as well as the 200m in the first of those two years but a sore back thwarted his triple sprint double.


By Laurie Foster

Laurie is a senior editor with since 2009. He was a nominee for the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) 2014 World Athletics Journalist of the Year Award. He has covered track and field at the highest level for both the electronic media and the written press.

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