Usain Bolt baffled by journalist asking him about losing his final race

Andrew Cummings
August 2, 2017

The iconic Jamaican sprinter met the world's press for the last time ahead of a major championship at a packed The Brewery venue in London, where his parents presented him his pair of running shoes for the finale, also painted in purple and gold.

The Council meet is followed by the 51st IAAF Congress with Coe on hand to launch an innovative one-day convention called IAAF Athletics Connect on Wednesday.

"I never knew that I am going to achieve records in one championship - all I wanted was to be 200 metre Olympic champion".

He explained how his motivation to keep putting his body through such a punishing regime was renewed each year by resetting his goals - with one often created for him by a casually "disrespectful" remark from one of his opponents. "I know I'm ready and it's go time". "My record of 300m has given me confidence, so I look forward to see how it translates into the other two events", Van Niekerk added.

"I don't want to name names but he will go to Dortmund because the CEO of Puma, who is a good friend of ours, is on the board at Borussia Dortmund. It is go time".

The London Stadium, where he successfully defended his sprint double in the 2012 Olympics, will rise to acclaim him when he settles into his blocks for the last time on Saturday night.

Tuesday's event included big screen "farewell and thanks" messages from the likes of actors Samuel L. Jackson and Idris Elba, former France footballer Thierry Henry, model Cara Delevingne and India cricket captain Virat Kohli, underlining his status as probably the world's most famous and arguably most admired sportsman.

Talk has been rife, however, that he could be about to return - and Bolt would love for a deal to go through. First, another chance to see feature-length documentary I Am Bolt (2.00pm, BBC1). "The next championship should be fun".

It is a staggering tally for a track athlete who has admitted he wants to go out on a high as athletics seeks to turn a new page.

"I also want to congratulate you on being the second best athlete of Jamaica's track and field history", said Powell, with a laugh.

The sprint legend dismissed the notion that he might be tempted to change his mind after retiring from the sport.

"That's what I keep reading and what my team keeps telling me, so I've got to prove myself again", he said in a stark warning to potential rivals.

Bolt, who originally enjoyed playing cricket as a boy and only took up running later, said he is happy to retire out of his own free will.

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