Hamstring injury forces De Grasse to sideline

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He's dominated the event, winning two straight world titles to go with two more Olympic golds, including the 2012 London Games. "From me and all of PUMA family, all the very best for this one and all your future endeavours and if you ever wanna play cricket, you know where to find me", Kohli said in a video uploaded on his official handle.

And the IAAF World Championship in the United Kingdom, beginning on Friday, will be the Jamaican's last global event.

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.

Andre de Grasse had been due to line up in the 100metres heats tomorrow but announced in the early hours of this morning that he tore a hamstring in one of his final training runs.

This is his past year, he's only raced twice.

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"The last race I ran was 9.95sec, which shows I'm going in the right direction", he said. Last month, De Grasse's camp suggested that Bolt has been responsible for having the 22-year-old "booted" from the last major race prior to London - the Diamond League meeting in Monaco. De Grasse was seen as one of the strongest challengers to the Jamaican, who will be competing for the final time, and his withdrawal will mean that Bolt will fancy his chances even more. I'm in the best shape of my life and I am extremely disappointed to know that I won't have the chance to represent my country in London.

His fastest 100m time so far this year is 9.95 seconds. De Grasse's withdrawal certainly made things easier for Bolt, who (per betting odds available from the online bookmaker Pinnacle) has gone from a -209 favourite before the De Grasse news broke to -280. We need to be ready to compete starting Friday.

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.

His sponsor, Puma, has been promoting the phrase "Fastest Forever", in the lead-up to the worlds, which will take place in the same London stadium where Bolt won Olympic medals 4, 5 and 6.

Former 1500m world champion and BBC Sport commentator Steve Cram has stated that Usain Bolt would not have given this field a second thought two or three years ago.

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