Bolt sees himself as 'underdog' in London

Manchester United Usain Bolt Jose Mourinho

Manchester United Usain Bolt Jose Mourinho

The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., was to race Jamaican star Usain Bolt one last time in the world 100 metres and was a solid shot to capture gold in the 200 metres.

"I promise I won't be there", he said as Bolt chuckled.

Since then the 34-year-old has repeated the feat at World Championships in Moscow and Beijing as well as last summer's Rio Olympics, and is favourite to do so once again before shifting his focus to marathon. "To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me, but it is the reality I am faced with", he said. Those heats are supposed to be walk-in-the-park tune-ups for The World's Fastest Man. "I love competition, I thrive on competition, and I want people to run fast to push me".

After more than two years cruelled by injury and with world record holder Kendra Harrison also in the field, Pearson has declared that a podium finish would rival any of her previous achievements on the track.

"After sustaining an injury this week, I'm devastated to let my fans know that I will be unable to compete in London". "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". It was nice to finally meet him. "What do you want your future to be?'" Sharpe said.

The World Championships starts on Friday and Bolt is confident of winning yet another title.

The 25-year-old South African last year bettered Michael Johnson's 400m world record as he won Olympic gold in 43.03 seconds.

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"I met him at the Laureaus awards".

"He's basically just shrugging his shoulders and saying, 'Well it happens, I can't do anything about it now".

United would be the dream move for Bolt, but it appears the Jamaican will train with Borussia Dortmund once he officially retires from sprint racing, according to his agent Ricky Simms.

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 am still the fastest, without a doubt".

"We must get back the junior athletes in a situation where they have the intervention of experienced coaches with their personal coaches in terms of guiding them towards senior track and field", Wilson said.

"I try to tell myself that I need to be more positive about the 400m, it is the race that has placed me at the top". We're going to go in the right direction and I'm happy about that situation.