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Andre De Grasse pulls out of World Championships days before start date

04 August, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Christina Hansen
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After Bolt competes in the 100m, the final of which is scheduled for Saturday [5 August] night, he will be part of the Jamaica team for the 4x100m relay, which is due to climax on the penultimate evening of competition on 12 August.

Personal rivalries will make this potentially one of the most memorable World Championships in recent years.

There had been plenty of hype about a Bolt versus De Grasse showdown at the world championships, which McMillan said has been wearing on the young Canadian sprinter.

If Nike plumped for Coleman, Puma - Usain Bolt's own shoe sponsor - signed up Andre de Grasse in a multi-year, multi-million deal in 2015 as their pick for the next 100m superstar.

The fastest women's 200m runner of the year, Tori Bowie of the United States, is also taking part, making this race one of the potential Championship highlights.

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"These things happen. It's the sport and it's good for track and field and I think he would agree with me if I say we need this to happen to see track and field go from where it is to great heights", he said, adding: "Yes, he did congratulate me!"

"That's the plan", De Grasse said ahead of the meet.

The absence of De Grasse will boost their prospects, although Blake, if fully fit, has run 19.97 this year and has the world's second fastest time ever, 19.26, to his credit from 2011.

"It set me back a little bit and I didn't train for three weeks maybe", said Bolt.

The 35-year-old claims he feels back to his 100m heyday when he won Olympic and world titles in 2004 and 2005, a time predating both Bolt's emergence and his own two doping bans.

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Rudisha is out injured for the world championships, starting in London on Friday.

The 30-year-old is competing in his seventh and final World Championships, and recently clocked a season's-best time of 9.95 seconds in a Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

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

Athletics Canada head coach Glenroy Gilbert said the timing was awful for De Grasse.

What he does best is win - a trait he shares with Bolt.

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De Grasse had a strong shot at gold in the 200 metres, which Bolt isn't racing in London. 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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