Olympian Bruce Jenner has some words for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, a six-time gold medalist sprinter between the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Bolt recently updated his Twitter bio to read “the greatest athlete of all time.” He has since changed it to, “The most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen.” Jenner, who won gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, says that the “greatest of all time” title is not necessarily the case.
“He’s the best sprinter,” Jenner tells TMZ. But adds, “He can’t pole vault, he can’t throw anything … that’s an athlete.” And Jenner makes it clear that decathletes are the “most athletic” and that Bolt “would be terrible” at the decathlon.
The decathlon is made up of 10 different track and field events — 100m sprint, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m sprint, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and a 1500m run. The gold and silver medals at the 2012 London Games went to U.S. athletes Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee, who ran their 100m sprints in 10.35 and 10.42, respectively. Those times would not have gotten them out of the preliminaries of the 100m event at the games this year, but they still aren’t bad.
What do you think? Are decathletes the ultimate athletic specimens?