The photo below was taken at the men's 100 metres final at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
Despite coasting to what should have been the fastest race in history at well under 10 seconds, Lewis had to accept that he wasn't anywhere near the fastest in the field on that fateful day.
After expressing confusion and disbelief at Johnson's flying start, Lewis noted unconvincingly that he was "happy with my race" (while actually looking anything but).
It's almost impossible to do completely, of course, as Lewis so neatly betrayed in his post-race laments.
Playing field not level
We should all concentrate on our own progress rather than comparing ourselves too readily with others.
After all, we may never really know the full story, and life is rarely held on a level playing field.
All not as it seemed...
Arguably the true gold medal should belong to the sprinter to the far right of shot in lane one - Robson da Silva - who ran 10.11 seconds on the day and was never in any way linked to drugs throughout his career.
For all we know, life's playing field may be even less level than we can ever conceptualise!
Run your own race
While it is human nature to compare ourselves all too often with our peers, it is not necessarily always helpful for us to do so.
Some of us start out in life with absolutely nothing, while others inherit incredible wealth.
Some are destined to be great business leaders; others have an entirely different skill set.
Each of us will suffer different setbacks, yet encounter random strokes of luck too.
Monte Carlo fallacy
Anyone who has been to a casino to play roulette will be familiar with the concept of the Monte Carlo fallacy - if not the term, then at least the concept.
Humans mistakenly believe that we can project accurately what will happen in the future based upon what has occurred in the recent past.
In truth, predicting the future is absolutely not possible, so we must work with probabilities, and a longer term outlook can help us to deal with the inherent uncertainties.
Casino gamblers will also know that once you begin trying to recover losses through gambling with bigger stakes, things can rapidly begin to turn from bad to worse, or to outright disaster..
This is why trying to play "catch up" with other members of your peer group may be an ill-advised venture.
Slow and steady wins the race in investment, and often, in life.
Run your own race!
Retail Trade was stone dead flat yesterday after a decent run of consecutive monthly gains.
I'll run the charts over the weekend some time.