As this year’s IAAF world Championship gets underway in London, all eyes will be on the prolific sprint superstar Usain Bolt. Not least because there is a shortage stares in the championship, rather because as always there is a lot of expectations revolving the consistent achiever. The accomplished star who has dominated the sprinting scene for such a long time is expected to face relatively intensive competition this time around. After rising to prominence in 2008 with a double individual gold at Beijing, Bolt presently carries a total of whooping 11 world titles under his belt.
Usain Bolt the ultimate show-stopper
“My main aim is just to win. I just want to retire on a winning note”. – Usain Bolt when asked about participating in IAAF World Championship
The world famous athlete has repeatedly talked about the importance of finishing his career on high note. Bolt was spotted shedding light on his intentions about winning it big in the London event. Bolt has made it abundantly clear that he will not be defending his 200m world title against the likes of Wayde Van Niekerk whom he admires greatly. The South African, who is widely heralded as the heir apparent of Usain Bolt, will be in the limelight all over again and will have point to prove.
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IAAF to mark the End of an Era and the beginning of new age
The departure of someone of Bolt’s stature will inevitably create a power vacuum in the world of athletics. While his rivals will finally get to catch a breath, athlete’s community at large will be saddened to see the likes of bolt saying farewell. Having completed sprint double at the previous three Olympics, nothing stand in the way of Usain except his age. In an era beset by controversies in the form of doping scandals, Bolt has succeeded in establishing track record worthy of admiration. All of this will become history when the Jamaican takes off his boots after IAAF World Championship in London. So before contemplate the world of Athletics Post-Usain Bolt, let’s look at what we have in store for the upcoming World Championship.
Filling in the boots of the lightning Bolt
The hottest question on everyone’s lips is this, who is going to replace the legendary Jamaican? The Canada’s Olympic medal winner Andre De Grasse is widely tipped to step in for 100 meter. It’s all about stepping up when it matters the most, and 22 year appears to be way ahead of the pack to accomplish it. South Africa has notably introduced an amazing crop of athletes to the scene. Akani Simbine and Thando Roto will be hopeful of leading their team to glory in London, especially after the grueling National Championship conducted in home country.
Witnessing the rise of a new star
Earlier the fastest man on earth revealed his regret at not competing against Wayde Van Neikerk this year. The South African, Wayde Van Neikerk is looking forward to wield his skills in both 200 and 400 meter at London. The emerging athlete was full of praise for Usain Bolt when he was asked about taking part in IAAF. The ambitious South African is excited about competition and is hopeful about pulling off an audacious 200-400 double. Despite all the talk about the double and glory, Wayde Van Neikerk has remained humble and kept his feet on the ground.