sprinter Usain Bolt smiles during a press conference
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 17, 2015.
Asked to rate himself, Bolt was forthright. He says:
"When I'm in great shape, I'll tell you guys, I
worry about nobody because I know that when I'm at my
best - it's definitely almost impossible to beat
Usain Bolt believes Tyson Gay should have been thrown out of
the sport for doping, calling his American rival's reduced
ban for cooperating with investigators "the stupidest
thing I've ever heard."
received a backdated one-year suspension last year after
testing positive for a steroid at the 2013 U.S.
championships. He was given the reduced penalty because he
provided evidence to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led to
an eight-year ban for his former coach, Jon Drummond.
Jamaican who has won six Olympic gold medals and holds the
world record in the 100 and 200 meters, said he was
"really upset" with the decision to let Gay cut a
got a year just because he talked to the authorities about
how it was done and who helped him," Bolt said in an
interview with Runner's World magazine published Friday in
The Times of London newspaper. "That sends the wrong
message: 'If you do it and get caught, just tell us all you
know and we'll lower your ban.'"
the stupidest thing I've ever heard," he added.
"The message should be: 'If you cheat you're going to
be kicked out of the sport.'"
won the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the 2007 world
championships, returned to competition after his suspension
last summer and ran faster times than Bolt. He and Bolt are
expected to run against each other at the worlds in August
for the first time since the American's return.
not looking forward to competing against Tyson," Bolt
said. "It really bothers me. ... I respected him so
much over the years. He was a competitor, kept me on my toes
and he pushed me to always do my best.
to find out that he was on drugs — it's a bit like I think
parents must feel when they have a kid who does something
bad and lets them down. I feel like he let me down and let
the sport down."
results dating back to 2012 were erased, including his
silver medal in the 4x100 relay at the London Olympics.
have to drive fear into athletes, to make them think about
the consequences of their actions," Bolt said. "If
they're getting an easy penalty why would they care?"