Seb Coe calls Bolt 'Muhammad Ali of athletics'

Updated: September 6, 2011, 6:39 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Calling sprinter Usain Bolt "the Muhammad Ali of athletics," Sebastian Coe predicts the Jamaican will steal the show again at next year's London Olympics.

Coe, the former middle-distance running great, heads the organizing committee of the 2012 Games. He was in Daegu, South Korea, for the world championships where Bolt won the 200 meters and anchored Jamaica to a world record in the 4x100 relay.

Coe says in his column in The Daily Telegraph "there really is an Ali-like aura about this guy that is now transcending all sports."

Coe says "all things being equal, he'll be the iconic figure of our games."

Bolt won the 100 and 200 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world record times.

Coe says "he's told me how he wants to blow people's minds in London."

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