Injured, Fat goes out of the World athletics championships

Injured, Fat goes out of the World athletics championships

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, De Grasse won bronze in the 100 and - after pushing Bolt all the way in the semifinals - took silver in the 200.

Sporting the goatee he wears during world championships, but not the Olympics, the superstar who went 9 for 9 at the Summer Games, shattering records while dancing and smiling his way through the journey, dispensed any notion he might come back: "For me, the next championships should be fun because now it's time to watch and see who can hold their nerves", said the 11-time world champion, who turns 31 on August 21.

It was not revealed on which leg De Grasse suffered the torn hamstring, which happened in a Monday training run.

"Injuries are part of sport, and the "timing" of this is particularly unfortunate, he added in a message published on Facebook". I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world. I'll be back stronger and faster than ever.

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.

Van Niekerk may not have the sparkling personality that Bolt possesses although, as he demonstrated in an assured performance in front of the world's media here in the shadow of the London Stadium, he's clearly growing more comfortable in the limelight.

And the IAAF World Championship in the United Kingdom, beginning on Friday, will be the Jamaican's last worldwide event.




Asked at a London press conference on Tuesday who might fill his shoes after he retires, Bolt replied: "I'm not going down that road".

"His impact on the sport has been massive, and now I'm having the opportunity to build a small relationship with him, and I continue my journey", Van Niekerk said.

The huge blow will keep De Grasse out of action for up to six weeks, leaving him out for the rest of the season.

"That is it", Bolt said.

"He shows up and pushes you to run fast and be at your best at all times". I totally understand that he doesn't want to increase the pressure prior to Worlds by going in with a potential loss.

The defending 400m world champion said while he had no immediate plans to remove the one-lap sprint from his repertoire, the shorter distances would receive more attention in future.

Van Niekerk's potential can not be underestimated and he has been on fire this season, having run personal bests in the 100m (9.94sec) and 200m (19.84) last month, and also setting a new world best time of 30.81sec in the rarely-run 300m in Ostrava - again beating Johnson's previous best.

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