Bolt launched an astonishing tirade against Lewis after his 200m final win over teammate Yohan Blake, saying he had lost all respect for Lewis.
American great Lewis, who won five sprint gold medals and four long jump golds, had inferred the drug link when he said ”time will tell” when asked to assess Bolt’s times.
Bolt had already declared his times were not drug-assisted when he was asked to compare himself to Olympic great Lewis.
”Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him,” Bolt said.
”The things he says about track athletes are very downgrading for us. I think he is looking for attention because no one talks about him. I think it was really sad when I heard the other day what he was saying. For me, I have lost all respect for him, all respect.
”It’s all about drugs, (him) talking about drugs stuff. For athletes (who are) out of the sport saying that, that’s really upsetting for me. For him to jump up and say something like that, as far as I am concerned, he is just looking for attention.”
“He’d managed to be the most toweringly arrogant, endlessly cocky, thoroughly likeable guy in sports,” he wrote.
“Then he nuked Carl Lewis. There went the American vote, Usain. Hope the endorsement deals in Jamaica and Europe stay strong.”
Lewis tested positive three times but was never suspended for his infractions, with the Seoul 1988 100m dash where he won gold, now known as the dirtiest race of all time.
Bolt says he is drug free, although Blake served a three-month ban in 2009 for taking a banned stimulant.
”Without a doubt (we are drug-free). We train hard. We work hard, we show up every day,” Bolt said.
”We get injuries, we have to take ice baths. When people doubt us it’s hard. We are trying hard to show the world we run clean.”
West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle was obviously delighted with Bolt’s performance, and reacted to Lewis’s drugs slur.
“Carl Lewis in hospital suffering from serious injuries after being hit by a lightening Bolt,attack by the beast and bitten by the weir wolf!”
Former Aussie cricketer Damien Martyn also weighed in on Twitter: “Funny coming from carl lewis RT @theheraldsun: RT @finn_bradshaw: Usain Bolt slams Carl Lewis over (cont) http://tl.gd/iorgij”
Bolt is furious about Lewis’s recent assertion, but the American also questioned Bolt when he emerged as a new star on the scene in 2008.
“When people ask me about Bolt I say he could be the greatest athlete of all time. But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period,” Lewis was quoted as saying.
Blake tested positive for an illegal stimulant at the 2009 Jamiacan trials along with four other runners.
”In life you have hurdles and I got mine out of the way early,” he said last night.
”This showed you that in life you have to have obstacles to overcome and it has been good for me to show people that ‘Look, I just work hard, that is just me’. I can’t complain.”
Bolt and silver medallist Blake finished in the same order as their 100m race earlier in the week, with an all-Jamaican podium after teammate Warren Weir finished third.