Usain Bolt receives World Championships boost after rival is ruled out

Violet Powell
August 4, 2017

De Grasse, who had won the bronze in the 100 m at the last World athletics championships in Beijing in 2015, would be the main opponent of the Jamaican Usain Bolt in this event, which will take place on Saturday evening. With Andre de Grasse now out of the competition due to a hamstring tear, Coleman - who has run sub-10 100 six times this year - has emerged as the man who could burst Bolt's balloon with Yohan Blake the next-fastest this year (9.90).

De Grasse suffered a Grade 2 tear of his hamstring in a training session on Monday night.

"I deal with situations one step at a time, so I didn't really think that but it has been tough, a really up and down season. I am sad to miss this chance but I am young and will be back and better than ever in the near future", De Grasse said in a statement released by Doyle.

Bolt had even heaped praise on De Grasse, but the latter went on to say that the decorated Olympian was slowing down in his last season.

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"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 Jamaican great has dubbed the 25-year-old Van Niekerk as the sport's next superstar and that is likely to be reinforced at the global showpiece event in London which starts on Friday.

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"The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus".

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"I can't believe you're asking me that", said Bolt, the holder of 11 world titles and eight Olympic gold medals.

On the face of it, the onus is on an absolute novice, Christian Coleman, and two old world title-winning foes, Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake, who have been burned far too often by Bolt already down the years.

"I think it will have to be 9.8 low, perhaps the same time it took me to win at the (Rio) Olympics, I think it will take the same time to win here or close to that", said Bolt, who clocked 9.81 seconds to clinch gold in Rio. "If I show up at a championships, you know I'm fully confident and I'm ready to go".

Last month, De Grasse's camp suggested that Bolt has been responsible for having the 22-year-old "booted" from the last major race prior to London - the Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

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