Usain Bolt warns athletics needs to kick out drugs cheats... or die


He is the undoubted superstar of athletics, a man who has transcended his sport and will be remembered as a great.

One name pops up continually: that of South African Wayde van Niekerk, the current world and Olympic 400m champion who destroyed American Michael Johnson's world record when winning in Rio last summer.

After a promising junior career, Bolt burst onto the senior scene in 2007 under the guidance of coach Glen Mills and broke the 100m world record in the following year.

Britain's top sprinter aims to face defending champ Bolt in Saturday's 100 metres final at the World Championships in London.

"It's all about the athletes". The only way track and field has left to go is up.

"I want to be right there, running shoulder to shoulder all the way down to the finish line", Gatlin said.

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But Bolt always targeted success in the 200m, so his devastating performances over 100m were something of a surprise.

Such has been the Jamaican's influence on track and field that Sebastian Coe, president of track and field's governing body the IAAF, said this week that Bolt's impact on athletics is comparable to what Muhammad Ali achieved in boxing.

"You can never be happy with doping".

'Hopefully understand what the sport is going through and what they need to do as athletes to help the sport moves forward. Hopefully, athletes will see what's going on and understand that if they don't stop what they're doing the sport will die. Now we're in the transition phase, the sport is looking for somebody else and if they don't understand that and they start going backwards then the sport will be in bad trouble.

"Now that I got to my goal, I'm good with it", he said.

Bolt's achievements are unparalleled.

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However, his unprecedented "triple triple" of nine gold medals was downgraded to eight after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter, part of the quartet who won the 4x100m in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance.

Defiant, he told reporters his career will end his career as 100m world champion.

Sporting the goatee he wears during world championships, but not the Olympics, the superstar who went 9 for 9 at the Summer Games, shattering records while dancing and smiling his way through the journey, dispensed any notion he might come back: "For me, the next championships should be fun because now it's time to watch and see who can hold their nerves", said the 11-time world champion, who turns 31 on August 21.

That man made a videotaped appearance at the news conference and told Bolt: "You inspired me to become more focused in my work".

He unveiled the gold-and-purple shoes he'll wear for his final championships.

Bolt, who turns 31 later this month, gave an emphatic answer when asked how he would feel on Saturday night after the 100m final.

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I have been here many times. But at some point the close net of people I was with said: 'Listen to us, Usain, I know it is hard but you need to get back training because Germaine would have wanted it - he was looking forward to coming to your last race and seeing you compete and finishing off your legacy'.