Cyprus Mail

Bolt takes centre stage in 100 metres gold bid

Usain Bolt will take to the London track for the final individual race of his amazing career on Saturday night

The sport’s biggest name and its blue riband race combine to take centre stage for the last time on Saturday when the incomparable Usain Bolt seeks to win the World Athletics Championships 100 metres gold for the fourth time.

The Jamaican will need to start better than in Friday’s heats but remains hot favourite to triumph at London Stadium in his final individual race.

After Briton Mo Farah won the first gold of the championships in a superb men’s 10,000 metres on Friday, it is the women’s turn for the 25-lap event on Saturday.

Olympic champion and world record-smashing Almaz Ayana and fellow Ethiopian triple world champion Tirunesh Dibaba look the obvious favourites but both have been injured and barely raced this season so things are not cut and dried.

There is also gold up for grabs in the men’s discus, with Apostolos Parellis of Cyprus qualifying in a respectable sixth place with a throw of 63.36m

The men’s long jump final is also on the schedule as well as the semi-finals in a stellar-quality women’s 1,500m.

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