Usain Bolt of Jamaica alongside his coach Glen Mills (L) during a training session ahead of the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 on August 2, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 4, 2017: All eyes will be on London today as the IAAF World Championships gets underway and the world’s fastest man, Caribbean-born Usain Bolt, takes to the track for the final three rounds before hanging up his running shoes.
The Jamaican triple Olympian has already written the headline he wants to go around the world after this competition: “Unbeatable! Unstoppable!” And he is confident of finishing with a fourth IAAF World Championships 100m gold medal to match the quartet he has already collected from his beloved 200m.
“Come on. You guys know if I show up at a championship I’m fully confident. My coach is confident and I’m ready to go. I’m fully confident, 100%,” he said at a press conference earlier this week.
He was even aghast when a Jamaican journalist mooted the possibility of losing the 100m if he would compete in the 200-m.
“No,” he said. “It’s not going to happen, so we won’t have that problem. It’s not going to happen.”
As Bolt looks to preserve his legacy and retire with a bang, there are a number of other Caribbean athletes eyeing the top spot.
Here are other Caribbean athletes named in the 100-m preliminary round so far for today, August 4, 2017:
1: Antigua’s Chavaughn Walsh
2: Barbados’ Mario Burke
3: Barbados’ Ramon Gittens
4: The Bahamas’ Warren Fraser
Several other Caribbean athletes are also competing in the qualifiers of the men’s long jump competition. They are:
1: Cuba’s Maykel Massó
2: Jamaica’s Ramone Bailey
3: Bermuda’s Tyrone Smith
4: Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarría
5: Jamaica’s Damar Forbes
IAAF President Sebastian Coe officially opened the 51st IAAF Congress at its opening ceremony at London’s Tate Modern on Tuesday evening, welcoming delegates from more than 200 of the IAAF’s 214 Member Federations.
London will host the IAAF World Championships London 2017 from August 4-13 as 2,038 athletes from more than 200 teams compete in a number of athletic events.
Action from the London Stadium will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook.