Bolt raring for final show

Chambers wants to help young athletes avoid the path that he chose

"It set me back a little bit and I didn't train for three weeks maybe", said Bolt. The 22-year-old has been making headlines ever since and he went on to clock the fastest timing of 2017, albeit a wind-assisted time of 9.69s.

The fastest man this year is Christian Coleman.

De Grasse's absence from the 100m unquestionably boosts Bolt's chances of adding an eighth individual world championships gold to his incredible tally in his final solo race on Saturday.

In all his previous appearances in the finals of a World Championship, the Jamaican has always topped the chart barring once in Daegu, when he had a false start.

As Bolt breezed into London for his final media appearance ahead of the World Championships in Stratford, the appetite to see him remains feverish among fans and the media.

Bolt, now 30, comes into this London edition of the World Championships, not as a sensation heralding a revolution, but instead hanging onto his empire against the challenge of Father Time and young pretenders.

At the same stage past year - in the build-up to the Rio Olympics - he had run 9.88.

The four years in the wilderness saw him try and fail three times to make it with an National Football League team, and having lost his lucrative sponsorship deals, he had to sell his house and live in more spartan surroundings.




File image of Andre De Grasse of Canada.

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.

Australian Sally Pearson is another big name with fondest of memories of the London Olympic Stadium, where she claimed the 100m hurdles gold medal in 2012.

On Tuesday evening, Bolt once again singled out Van Niekerk as one of the athletes to become the new poster child of the sport.

In the U.S. Championships, he was beaten by 35-year-old Gatlin, who told Reuters that "it is back to the old Justin, like 2004".

Bolt's 200 world record of 19.19 is considered out-of-reach. I totally understand that he doesn't want to increase the pressure prior to Worlds by going in with a potential loss.

6 - Bolt's record tally of IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.

"You can't be happy about doping at all, it's not good for the sport".

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