Forever Fastest: Usain Bolt Wants it all Ahead of Sprint Swansong

Sheri Evans
August 4, 2017

Eleven world titles to go along with eight Olympic golds: Bolt has the experience of dealing with multi-round big-event racing. "From me and all of PUMA family, all the very best for this one and all your future endeavours and if you ever wanna play cricket, you know where to find me", Kohli said in a video uploaded on his official handle.

Yet his absence now smooths the path for world 400m record holder Van Niekerk, who is seeking the same 200m/400m double that Michael Johnson last achieved at the 1995 Gothenburg World Championships.

It was not revealed on which leg De Grasse suffered the torn hamstring, which happened in a Monday training run.

That will keep De Grasse out of a highly-anticipated showdown with Bolt that would have seen the two go head-to-head after a brewing drama between the two sprint stars.

These events have become part and parcel of every global championship and though Tuesday's version in east London lacked the dancing girl razzmatazz of his Rio welcome past year, it scored heavily on nostalgia as every aspect of his stellar career was raked over anew. His sizzling, albeit wind-aided, 9.69 seconds in the 100 metres in Stockholm hinted the Canadian record of 9.84, set by Donovan Bailey in 1996 and tied by Bruny Surin in 1999, might not be long for this world.

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"His impact on the sport has been massive, and now I'm having the opportunity to build a small relationship with him, and I continue my journey", Van Niekerk said. I'm in the best shape of my life and I am extremely disappointed to know that I won't have the chance to represent my country in London.

The 11-time World Championships gold medalist will be in action as early as the opening day when he participates in the preliminary round of 100m at the Olympic Stadium in London.

"That's the plan", De Grasse said ahead of the meet. I am just going to leave it to whoever shows up and is willing to fill my shoes.

"I really feel for Andre", said Athletics Canada coach Glenroy Gilbert. The new odds, which mean a bettor would have to wager $280 to win $100, imply Bolt has a better than 70 per cent chance of capping his brilliant career with a victory.

He also recognises that the governing body will have to work extra hard on the pressing issue of how to overcome the impending departure of Bolt, but says he is confident they can do so.

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