Wayde van Niekerk ready for challenge of being the next Bolt

Aaron Brown
August 4, 2017

Usain Bolt's achievements have earned him respect from all and it is safe to say that he has earned himself the legendary status in athletics.

Yohan Blake is the second fastest man in the world this year - and of all time, behind Bolt.

Juliet Freud, head of event planning at The Brewery commented, "Such a prestigious occasion demanded a space to match, and The Porter Tun room provided exactly that".

The 21-year-old only turned professional in June, but it was after he became the fastest man in the world this year when he clocked a 9.82 in the 100 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

In one of Rio's most memorable moments, De Grasse pushed Bolt in their 200-metre semifinal, prompting a finger wag from the Jamaican superstar, who'll retire after the world championships.

It will be asking a lot of Gatlin - who served a four-year ban reduced from eight for doping from 2006-2010 - to achieve that having only beaten Bolt once in nine previous meetings over the shorter sprint distance, and that was four years ago in Rome.

They are comparisons she welcomes, per Ian Gordon of the Daily Express: "To be linked with just one of them, let alone two, is very humbling for me. If you ever wanna play cricket you know where to find me", he said in this video.

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"But at the same time, I wish I could have left it and focused on the 100m and the 200m, but I didn't think I would, just because of the fact that I am doing so great in the event". "That is one of the most disappointing things: that he came along at this late stage that I didn't get to compete against him".

He also holds world records of 9.58 and 19.19sec in the 100 and 200m, both set when winning at the 2009 Berlin worlds.

Bolt has dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, going on to win a further six Olympic golds and also picking up 11 world titles. "I think it will really hit him a little harder when the guys line up on Saturday evening and he sees that he's not part of that".

"I didn't know I would be 100m world record holder growing up, I had no idea". "There are two stories here; Bolt's last major championships ... and then from a Canadian perspective, this was the opportunity for a Canadian boy to go out there and race and to potentially beat [Bolt] in his last race".

"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".

"I'm comfortable saying I'm a legend because I've proved myself".

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