I’m still the fastest in the world – Bolt

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Usain Bolt says he is still the fastest man in the world as he pre­pares for the fi­nal races of his ca­reer at the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic cham­pion and icon of world sport, has led one of the most il­lus­tri­ous ath­let­ics ca­reers.

The Ja­maican, 30, will run the 100m and 4x100m re­lay at the Worlds, which be­gin on Fri­day, be­fore re­tir­ing.

“You guys know if I show up for a race that means I’m 100% con­fi­dent,” he said. “I’m fi­nally here, I’ve got the hype, I’m re­ally ex­cited and am look­ing for­ward to it.

“For some rea­son I am the un­der­dog again, be­cause that is what I keep read­ing, what my team keeps telling me, so I have got to prove my­self once more.

“But I am ready. It’s go time, so let’s go.”

The men’s 100m fi­nal is on Satur­day, 5 Au­gust, while the men’s 4x100m re­lay race - which will mark the end of Bolt’s ca­reer - is on the fol­low­ing Satur­day.

Bolt has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at the past three Olympic Games - Bei­jing 2008, Lon­don 2012 and Rio 2016.

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

Nev­er­the­less, Bolt’s ex­ploits re­main un­prece­dented and he also holds the world record in the 100m (9.58 sec­onds) and 200m (19.19).

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