Ready to race and retire

One of the biggest rivals to Usain Bolt's bid for a golden finale in London has pulled out of the IAAF World Championships.

Andre De Grasse won't get a chance to spoil Usain Bolt's worldwide finale, with a hamstring injury forcing him to pull out of the world athletics championships. De Grasse is a basketball player who went to the track on a whim.

Athletics has been denied the last chance to see Bolt and De Grasse square off, with the former hanging up his spikes after the event in London.

"I'm going to go out there and put out a total new image to who I am and what I believe in, and my gifts and my talents".

"I don't think you can't really use the word "disappointed", he said of not getting to race against the towering Jamaican.

"But there's absolutely zero disrespect from Andre to Usain, he's got nothing but respect for him".

"For me he really did great for United last season so if we get a chance to sign him back I would go with Zlatan".

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.

"This is track and field, this is a dream I need to fight for and I need to fight for it as hard as I can". And that same year, at the world championships he took bronze medals in the 100 and 4×100 relay.

At 30, the sprinter will be eyeing his fourth 100m Gold and with De Grasse's exit, Bolt starts as the firm favourite. Still, someone has to win these races once Bolt is gone.

On Tuesday, the Jamaican had told reporters: "Wayde van Niekerk is proving he is a world star". Underscoring his excellent form this season, the Botswanan became the first man ever to run a sub-20 200 and a sub-44 400 on the same night.

Muir broke Dame Kelly Holmes' 1500m record at London Stadium a year ago, but found the pace of Kenya's Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba too hot to handle over the final 800m in a tactical Olympic final in Rio. From me and everyone in the Puma family, we wish you all the very best for this one and all your future endeavours. He was undefeated in the 100 and 200 in his last four Diamond League meets. "But if my son says that, I'm trying to move mountains". "I love competition, I thrive on competition, and I want people to run fast to push me". It's not for Canada because we've got the Commonwealth Games, so where Commonwealth was probably going to be something fun for him, maybe now it's a little bit more serious.

  • Rogelio Becker