On the day Bolt created history by winning the 200 metres to complete the sprint double for the second Games in succession, Victor Conte — the convicted owner of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) that supplied drugs to the likes of Dwain Chambers and Marion Jones — had claimed it was easy for cheats to prosper at London 2012 and that 60% of athletes are using drugs.
And while Bolt reacted angrily to Conte’s claims when they were put directly to him, it was unclear exactly what sparked the Jamaican’s rant against Lewis.
Lewis has previously questioned the stringency of Jamaica’s drug-testing programme, but such comments were initially made in September 2008 – shortly after Bolt won three gold medals and set three world records at the Beijing Olympics.
“It is really annoying when people on the sideline talk stupid stuff,” Bolt said when asked about Conte’s claims.
“I think a lot of these guys who sit and talk, especially Lewis, no-one really remembers who he is, so he is just looking for attention.
“That is my opinion. “