Andre De Grasse out of the World Championships

Iconic sprinter Bolt is confident he can retire with another 100m world title

"Asked what headlines he wants to read on Sunday after his last big individual race, he said: "'Usain Bolt retires unbeaten' - that would hopefully be the biggest headline. It was the phrase running through USA Track and Field team's final press conference before the start of the IAAF World Athletics Championships on Friday, pointing at introspection and blocking out external distractions.

Juliet Freud, head of event planning at The Brewery commented, "Such a prestigious occasion demanded a space to match, and The Porter Tun room provided exactly that".

Bolt is widely considered the greatest sprinter in history.

"That's what I keep reading and what my team keeps telling me, so I've got to prove myself again", the 30-year-old said in a warning shot to pretenders to his crown in the blue riband event of the IAAF World Championships.

Notably, Coleman is widely regarded as the man to fill Bolt's shoes after the latter's retirement.

19 - Major gold medals Bolt has won in his career, having had his 4x100m relay title from the 2008 Olympics revoked due to Nesta Carter's doping violation.

There exists a mutual respect between the two old rivals to the extent the Jamaican was horrified by the booing and jeering of the American prior to the 100m final in Rio a year ago, and then again at the medal ceremony.

"I promise I won't be there", he said as Bolt chuckled.

"We must get back the junior athletes in a situation where they have the intervention of experienced coaches with their personal coaches in terms of guiding them towards senior track and field", Wilson said. "I think it will really hit him a little harder when the guys line up on Saturday evening and he sees that he's not part of that".

The limited edition Legacy spikes were presented by Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, who proudly stood on stage to hand over his final pair of Puma spikes as a professional athlete.

"It gives me a lot of excitement to see what lies in store for me, but at the same time, I know there's a lot of responsibility for me to go out there and work for where I want to be".

"I just found out about [De Grasse's injury] today and I wish him the best in his recovery", Coleman said Thursday.

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.

"He's basically just shrugging his shoulders and saying, 'Well it happens, I can't do anything about it now".



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