Usain Bolt runs into The Brewery

by Abel Hampton August 4, 2017, 0:17
Usain Bolt runs into The Brewery

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.

The prospect of a packed stadium for the best athletes in the world is the realisation of part of London 2012 chairman Lord Coe's promise for the Games' legacy.

Each time, he improved to win gold, but in progressively slower times as the years advanced.

"One person I know who will step up, and he's been doing good work, is Van Niekerk".

The Championships begin on Friday, five years to the day since Great Britain won three Olympic gold medals in less than an hour on "Super Saturday" at the same venue.

Of course, number one would be held by sprinter Usain Bolt, 11 times world champion and eight times Olympic gold medal victor (would be nine if Jamaica 4x100 relay in Beijing-2008 were not suspended, due to Nesta Carter positive drug test), in addition to own 100- and 200-m world records and be the most charismatic athlete.

However he is facing a crop of young pretenders with Ethiopian teenager Abadi Hadis the fastest this year over 10,000m and 23-year-old compatriot Muktar Edris leading the 5,000m time charts.

He told the Daily Telegraph that he was "pretty much a deer in the highlights" at the Rio Olympics where he appeared in the heats of the 4x100m relay.

The Canadian was expected to be the main challenger to the defending champion in his final race over the distance but a hamstring tear in the lead up to the meet has derailed his hopes.

He was positioned to challenge Bolt's swansong having achieved a wind-assisted 9.69 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm where the Jamaican was absent. "Hey, Usain! I know it's your last race we are going to miss you a lot on the track".

In a glitzy press conference organised by his long-term sponsors Puma and hosted by Welsh ex-hurdler Colin Jackson, Bolt picked out his then-world record breaking victory in the 200m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as the stand-out performance of his career.

"After you have suffered an injury this week, I am saddened to announce to my supporters that I will not be able to race in London", wrote De Grasse on his official Twitter account on Wednesday night.

"I didn't know I would be 100m world record holder growing up, I had no idea".

And that is just OK with the soft-spoken 25-year-old from Cape Town.

Of the other experienced heads, Justin Gatlin has hinted he could upstage the world's fastest man.

Previous year in Rio, De Grasse and sprint icon Usain Bolt made quite a lot of noise as the two took to the track and captivated the crowd with their friendly rivalry. But he doesn't have to be.

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