Olympic field legend Carl Lewis told CNBC that he owns “100 percent” of it criticism of Team USA’s men’s 4x100m relay team after finished sixth in his semifinals Thursday and failed to qualify for the final.
He submitted, however, that his anger was not directed at the athletes, but at the U.S. relay program that brought the teams together.
“The federation puts teams, coaches and the system into action, and they beat the athletes,” said Lewis, who won the 4×100 Olympic gold medal twice and seven more hours.
“That’s why I was so emotional and so angry, because these athletes work all their lives, run fast and do everything to make the team and then put them in a position that’s impossible to succeed.”
Americans Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Cravon Gillespie were eliminated from the event since China, Canada, Italy, Germany and Ghana are all qualified. Lewis told “The News with Shepard Smith” that he spoke to one of the American team’s athletes who also expressed his frustration with the current system.
“They’re frustrated because it’s like the same, wrong, wrong system, and making the same mistakes, and it’s like, why don’t we change the system, and put in the other system that has succeeded and that some people are helping us. to put it into operation up, because we have the opportunity to do it, ”Lewis said.
The United States has not sold the men’s 4x100m relay since 2000 in Sydney.
Lewis told host Shepard Smith that the problem boils down to the lives of the athletes, and that he will always stand up for them.
“My passion is to try to sustain the lives of athletes and these athletes work their whole lives to become Olympic champions, and you know, the United States is the best team in the world in relay, no doubt, but we’re not even reaching the starting line, ”Lewis said.
USA Track and Field, the national governing body, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.