Van Niekerk ready to take on legendary Bolt's mantle

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It was also reported that Bolt was "running scared" of De Grasse that the Jamaican tried to get the latter ousted from last month's Diamond League meeting in Monaco, where he set his season best of 9.95s.

On Tuesday, the Jamaican had told reporters: "Wayde van Niekerk is proving he is a world star".

ANDRE DE GRASSE has withdrawn from the World Championships after tearing his hamstring in training.

"But at the same time, I wish I could have left it and focused on the 100m and the 200m, but I didn't think I would, just because of the fact that I am doing so great in the event".

"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. The 22-year-old has been making headlines ever since and he went on to clock the fastest timing of 2017, albeit a wind-assisted time of 9.69s.

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He also recognises that the governing body will have to work extra hard on the pressing issue of how to overcome the impending departure of Bolt, but says he is confident they can do so. Bolt says this will be his final time running the 100 metres, and it will be fascinating to see whether the almost 31-year-old Jamaican can hit a walk-off shot by capturing his fourth world title in the 100 to go with his three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the event.

Asked whether he had spoken to Bolt about the pressure of being the face of the sport, Van Niekerk said he had an acute awareness of the task ahead. "I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world", De Grasse said.

"Now that I got to my goal, I'm good with it", he said.

"I have the utmost respect for Usain", said Gatlin.

Added Athletics Canada head coach Glenroy Gilbert: "I really feel for Andre, I know he really wanted to make a mark here at the world championships". These are the Bolt Legacy Spikes made exclusively for London and they have design details from key moments in his journey. If it had gone the other way we wouldn't have just lost the Games, we wouldn't have had the Olympic Park or the stadium and wouldn't have been in a position to bid to stage a World Championships.

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