Van Niekerk ready for 200m/400m double for new face of athletics

Van Niekerk ready for 200m/400m double for new face of athletics

Van Niekerk ready for 200m/400m double for new face of athletics

Usain Bolt looks increasingly likely to achieve the ideal send-off to his athletics career at the World Championships in London after his main rival for 100m gold, Andre de Grasse, was forced to withdraw through injury.

"I was like, 'Who is this kid?'" Sharpe said.

De Grasse is considered by many to be the heir to the fastest-man-in-the-world throne. "The evening was full of interesting insights into the man behind the medals and we are wishing him every success in his final race at the World Championships in London".

"That's what I keep reading and what my team keeps telling me, so I've got to prove myself again", the 30-year-old said in a warning shot to pretenders to his crown in the blue riband event of the IAAF World Championships. I'll be back stronger and faster than ever.

"If I mention growth, I want to compete against number one and two in the world, and that is throughout all the distances I do".

"Personally I think it was there (rock bottom)". A few weeks later, he won the 100 meters at the Toronto International Track and Field Games. "We can not take it for granted that they will develop because apart from Asafa Powell, who has been extremely prominent outside of those junior camps, my recollection is telling me that 90 per cent of athletes who have served us well came out of those junior camps".

Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt gifted their son his first pair of spikes back when he began running on the track, so it was only fitting that they were there to hand him the final pair of his professional career as well. "What do you want your future to be?'" Sharpe said.

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Van Niekerk obliterated Johnson's longstanding 400m world record with a run of 43.03 seconds a year ago in Rio. But I don't blame him at all.

"I'm comfortable saying I'm a legend because I've proved myself".

Bolt originally meant to retire in the wake of Rio 2016.

Gatlin too is gushing about Bolt, whose crowd-pleasing antics have gilded his image as the good guy whilst the American has often been cast as a pantomime villain.

"I still have to become a lot faster to reach what he's done", he said.

"The seven people who are going to be in that race with me, they're the biggest challengers", he said. And few gave a chance to Van Niekerk to get even close to the mark past year when he was allotted the outside for the Olympic final, where all others can target you - and you see no one usually until it's too late to react. "I'm like, 'Sure. But can we go outside the bathroom for the picture?'"

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