Usain Bolt missed out on gold to American Justin Gatlin in the 100-metre dash at the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday evening. He placed third.
The Jamaican-born Bolt does have one more race in him — next Saturday’s men’s 4x100m final – but today is the race many fans will be glued to.
The 11-time world champion , who turns 31 later this month, is widely expected to win. He’s not been beaten in the 100-metre at either the Olympics or the world championships since 2008.
But he will face serious competition, particularly from fellow Jamaican Julian Forte, 24 and Christian Coleman, 21, of the United States.
During the semi-final heats Saturday afternoon, Bolt was slow out of the blocks, and though he came back strong, Coleman got the win in 9.97 seconds – just .01 seconds ahead of Bolt.
At a news conference earlier this week, Bolt was asked about the possibility of rethinking his plans to leave the sport if he loses Saturday’s race.
He replied: “It’s not going to happen, so we won’t have that problem. Don’t worry.”
Bolt plans to don gold-and-purple shoes for his final championships. The purple is for his school colours back home at William Knibb Memorial High School. The gold, well, the gold is for the medal he’s expecting to take home.
One competitor who won’t be there to test Bolt is Canadian superstar sprinter Andre De Grasse, who suffered a hamstring injury last week while training in Jamaica.
The injury was a huge blow for De Grasse, who won a silver and two bronze medals at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro last year.
As for what lies ahead for Bolt, the superstar has said he’s looking forward to a life of motivational speaking, and maybe trying out for a few action movies.
There is also the possibility that Puma, which has sponsored Bolt since he was 15, could make him the head of its Caribbean business.
Bolt said earlier this week it will hard to leave sprinting behind.
“It’s going to be hard, as track and field has been everything for me since I was 10, and it’s been a rush,” he said, “but we’ll see where life takes me.”
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