Bolt eyes Olympic final repeat to win world gold

Esther Moore
Августа 4, 2017

Her smile to Bolt in the semi-final of the 200 m - a gesture called the "disrespectful" according to the sprinter star of jamaica - will remain one of the great moments of the olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I'll be back stronger and faster than ever.

The South African world record-holder was on the cusp of reaching his own level of greatness, targeting a rare 200m-400m double gold at the championships.

"You guys know if I show up at a championship, you know I'm fully confident and ready to go", he said.

"Earlier this week in practice, I suffered a hamstring tear that has forced me to withdraw from the World Championships", De Grasse said on his Facebook page.

But this year, there seems to be no stopping Van Niekerk, who seems ready to stamp his name on the London meet.

He also ran a wind-assisted 9.69 seconds 100m in Stockholm in June. Bolt says this will be his final time running the 100 metres, and it will be fascinating to see whether the almost 31-year-old Jamaican can hit a walk-off shot by capturing his fourth world title in the 100 to go with his three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the event.

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Still the world record holder over 100m and 200m having broken his own marks in Berlin in 2009, Bolt says he hopes his astonishing times of 9.58 and 19.19 respectively will last for the rest of his life.

"That is it", Bolt said. But at some point just the close net of people I was with said, 'Listen to us Usain, I know it is hard but you need to get back training.

"Probably the past five to eight years, Bolt's been used to people rolling over for him, and when Andre didn't do that in the semifinal in Rio last year, Andre definitely meant no disrespect by that, but I think Bolt maybe took it a little bit differently", McMillan said.

Cram added that from whatever we have seen so far, he believes Bolt would be better in London.

His sponsor, Puma, has been promoting the phrase "Fastest Forever", in the lead-up to the worlds, which will take place in the same London stadium where Bolt won Olympic medals 4, 5 and 6.

In the 10,000m, the 34-year-old Briton will have to overcome Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor, the world cross-country champion and silver medallist behind him in Beijing in 2015.

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