Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is gearing up for the final race of his career on Saturday night.
Bolt will be aiming to bank a 12th World Championship gold medal in the 100 metres at the London Stadium.
The 30-year-old is due to run in the third semi-final on Saturday night ahead of the final (approximately 12:50am UAE time on Sunday).
To mark the occasion, sports energy drink brand Gatorade – a sponsor of Bolt – have released the following video:
Usain Bolt says he needs to “get it together” if he plans on making further history on Saturday night in the 100m event by winning a 12th world title.
Lining up for his last competition pre-retirement, the Jamaican super sprinter struggled out of the blocks in Friday night’s 100m heats at the World Championships in London, but recovered to win it in 10.07 seconds.
“Overall the start was poor, as always, but I need to get it together because in the shape I’m in, I have to really get into the race to really get going so I can win if I want to. So I’ve got to stay focused and hopefully everything comes together tomorrow,” said Bolt, who clocked the seventh-fastest time in the heats.
The 30-year-old’s rival, Justin Gatlin, who served a four-year ban reduced from eight for doping from 2006-10, ran 10.05sec to edge closer to a showdown with Bolt in Saturday night’s final, and later paid tribute to the eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder.
“It’s going to be history-making, he’s done so much for the sport, I’m just glad to be able to be one of his rivals and also come out here and just have a good time with him, having a laugh in the back,” said Gatlin of Bolt. “So it’s not really tension, it’s just really going out there and having a gentlemen’s rivalry, that’s what it is.”
Watch Bolt’s 100m heat and listen to his and Gatlin’s comments ahead of the semi-finals.
Mo Farah’s hopes of winning his third successive world championship distance double could be in jeopardy after requiring medical treatment following Friday’s epic victory in the 10,000m.
The 34-year-old British legend won despite being spiked twice in the final lap — the first saw him almost come to grief and fall into the infield — and which resulted in blood pouring from his left calf.
The Somalia-born runner, who prior to Friday’s victory had racked up two Olympic and world doubles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown, tried to shrug off the battering he had taken but still curtailed media committments so he could be attended to by medical staff.
“I am hurt, I just have to be strong now and see the doctors,” said Farah.
“I’ve got a few cuts and bruises, perhaps I will need a few stitches, I need to recover and get ready, I’ve got enough days” before the 5000m heats which are on Wednesday and the final on Saturday.
Farah though rejected notions that the spiking was deliberate.
“I’ve got such a long stride I don’t blame anyone,” he said.
“I recalled how I went down in Rio (in the 10,000m after which he got up to win). I got caught twice and I was thinking ‘I can’t go down I can’t go down’.”