Bolt has one last chance for gold


Usain Bolt of Jamaica, seen during the medal ceremony from the Men's 100m final, during day three of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, United Kingdom, will run his last race tomorrow, August 12, 2017. We can only agree with her assessment that "I cannot ask for anything more".

"I'm just showing respect", said Bolt.

But the Jamaicans will need to get past a strong United States lineup including individual 100m victor Justin Gatlin if they are to deliver Bolt a 12th world title.

Bolt is still the greatest sprinter in history and one of the most dominant athletes ever, but he has finally been humbled. At least that's the line runners tell each other: "I am only running against myself". It felt like it was there but the reason I lost because I couldn't get it.

"Between the bikes, loud, horrid music, parties and screams, I honestly wish he would go back to where he came from", his neighbor-model Jodi Stewart-Henriques wrote on Facebook in 2015. "If I was taking drugs, I could do a 9.80 right away". "All I knew was I wanted to give it everything I've got".

"They (JAAA) now have to figure out life without Usain so have we and if we figure it out together we can be very helpful to one another".

"I can't be a sore loser; throughout my career I've dominated". It was slightly different for Bolt, a global star who is inarguably the greatest male sprinter of all time.

However, and in the meantime, as BBC pundit and four-time Olympic and eight-time World Championships gold medallist Michael Johnson said in an interview this week after watching the booing of Justin Gatlin.

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The world of athletics would have wanted another passing of the baton at a time when its biggest star, the CV clean and without the slightest suspicion, has chose to hang up the spikes.

Athletics' world governing body head Sebastian Coe lavished with praises for him. But this did not stop me from imputing guilt by association in "Doping Charges Strike Usain Like a Lightning Bolt", February 3, 2017.

Bolt also raced his way to the bank.

Gatlin and the USA team also including another convicted doping cheat, Mike Rodgers, and Jaylen Bacon were booed when introduced although the jeering was less than for the individual 100m event.

Bolt has won the affection of so many not just with his feats but also a charismatic personality.

As Coe put it, what the crowd is going to miss is the personality, an athlete with humor, good grace as well as nearly insurmountable sprinting achievements.

American athletes have taken front and center at these Championships already and, watching the operations of the US Team, it is little wonder why.