Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt insists there will be no comeback

Bolt made history at last year's Olympics by winning both the 100 metres and 200m for the third time in succession, but there was to be no fairytale send-off for the sprint icon at the IAAF World Championships in London.

Having finished third in his last individual race, the 100m final, Bolt sensationally pulled up lame with cramp in his left hamstring when running the anchor leg for Jamaica in Saturday's 4x100m relay.

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Bolt tumbles in track farewell

Having to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screamed and stumbled as he came down with his golden farewell shattered by the first injury he has experienced at a major competition.

That wasn't the only surprise. Britain went on to beat the United States in a tight finish.

The 60,000-capacity stadium was primed for one last Bolt show, one last ``To the World" pose after a victory, but the injury made it blatantly clear why Bolt is ready to retire. His body can no longer hold up.

Gatlin denies Bolt golden swansong

The iconic Jamaican had to settle for bronze despite matching his season's best of 9.95 seconds, long-time rival Gatlin denying him a final slice of individual glory by three hundredths of a second.

Promising prospect Christian Coleman claimed the silver medal with a 9.94s run, but it was Bolt's name that was nevertheless chanted when the results were confirmed on the big screen at London Stadium.

Bolt hopes for a life at No 1

Athletics' fastest man and greatest entertainer made both those points clear on Tuesday leading to his final world championships this week.

It was an engaging hour filled with reminisces, chats about his plans and thoughts about where his troubled and soon-to-be-starless sport might be headed

Bolt pushing for glorious finale

The Jamaican sprint superstar will race for the final time at the IAAF World Championships and retire as an icon of world sport.

Bolt has openly admitted to struggles with motivation over the past two years but says the 2016 Olympic Games and the prospect of ending his career on a high have kept him going. 

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist also remains driven by greatness and is determined not to let his fans down when he makes his final competitive appearance at London Stadium.

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Bolt wins final 100m before Worlds

The reigning Olympic champion clocked a season's best time of 9.95 seconds - sub-10 seconds being his target heading into the race - beating Isiah Young and Akani Simbine to first place in the standout event at the Stade Louis II.

After a slow start, Bolt pulled away from the rest of the field to bow out of the Diamond League in victorious fashion.

Having struggled with a back injury this season, Friday's win will be a boost for Bolt ahead of his final race before retiring at the World Championships.

Usain Bolt ready to peak for London

Bolt laboured to a 10.06 seconds 100 metres victory in the Czech Republic last month and immediately travelled to see his doctor German Hans-Wilhelm Mueller- Wohlfahrt for some treatment on the back issues that have troubled him for years.

The Jamaican world record holder will test his treated back in Friday's Diamond League meeting in Monaco, which will be his last outing before he defends his 100m title and then goes in the 4x100m relay in the world championships.

"I'm feeling good," Bolt told a Monaco news conference.

Bolt disappointed despite win

Sprint legend Bolt is expected to retire after the World Championships in August and continued his preparations by winning in a time of 10.06 seconds in Ostrava on Wednesday.

Speaking after the race, Bolt said: "I'm not happy with the time but I'm just getting into my running, I have some training to do, work on my execution but I'll be fine.

"I'm going to get checked out by my doctor, my coach will give me some training to do and I should be fine, so I've got no worries."

Bolt's warning to rivals

The eight-time Olympic champion reminded his rivals that he remains the fastest man in the world, despite an underwhelming 10.03 seconds over 100 metres on home soil this month.

In the meantime Andre De Grasse - who took third in the 100m in Rio and silver in the 200m - clocked a wind-assisted 9.69secs in Stockholm to underline his growing threat to Bolt's supremacy, and long-time rival Justin Gatlin won the US trials last week.

Bolt wins on Jamaican farewell

The event was dubbed 'Salute to a Legend' as eight-time Olympic gold medallist and world-record holder Bolt bade farewell to his compatriots on the track.

Naturally, Bolt won - and in typical style too, bursting clear in the race's final phase - crossing the line in 10.03 seconds, as fireworks greeted the sprinters at the finish.

The 30-year-old will retire after this year's World Championships, looking to swell his collection of 11 gold medals.