World’s fastest man Usain Bolt has confirmed that the final race of his glittering career is to be the 4x100m relay at next month’s athletics World Championships in London.
Bolt will also defend his individual 100m crown on Saturday 5 August, but until now it had been unclear whether he planned to be part of Jamaica’s relay team seven days later, on the penultimate night of competition at the former Olympic Stadium.
The 30-year-old has chosen not to defend his 200m title but can still take his tally of World Championship golds to 13.
Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt clocked 10.06 seconds in his most recent outing last month in the Czech Republic – a far cry from his world record time of 9.58, set eight years ago in Berlin.
That sluggish showing prompted him to seek treatment on a back problem, and he hopes to reap the benefit in Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco, his final warm-up for London 2017.
“I’m feeling much better over the last couple of days because I went to see my doctor in Germany and I’ve been training good,” he said.
“It’s just all about execution now, going out there trying not worry too much about time. It would be good to dip under 10 seconds, which will always help everyone’s confidence.”