Who Are the Best at IAAF World Championships London 2017 ?

Arnold Nichols
August 4, 2017

"So in the future, I think we need to look at having a sports psychologist around us because of the sort of transition that is taking place", Wilson said.

The Ontario-born sprinter had run the fastest wind-assisted 100m of the year, a time of 9.69 seconds, in Stockholm in June.

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.

"We are going to see some fantastic performances over the next week or so", he said of the August 4-13 championships.

At the same stage a year ago - in the build-up to the Rio Olympics - he had run 9.88. De Grasse was seen as one of the strongest challengers to the Jamaican, who will be competing for the final time, and his withdrawal will mean that Bolt will fancy his chances even more.

Track's fastest man and greatest entertainer made both those points clear Tuesday leading to his final world championships this week.

Muktar Edris tops the 2017 lists with 12:55.23, set in Lausanne last month, when 17-year-old Selemon Barega finished just a second behind him.

He profited when Bolt fouled out of the 2011 World Championships and did the 100m-200m double in his compatriot's absence in the Jamaican trials this year.

De Grasse's absence from the competition is a major boost to Usain Bolt's hopes of departing athletics with another major 100m title.

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".

But that mutual respect has turned to animosity - a war of words of sorts between the pair when De Grasse's coach, Stuart McMillan, accused Bolt of getting his athlete kicked out of the 100m race at the recent Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

Bolt, who is on the verge of retirement, is the longtime world record holder. "I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world".

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

"Usain is staying with our sport, he's committed to helping us maintain his extraordinary reach, but the pressure is on us to get across that we have some of the God-given talents of any sport".

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