Jamaican 'sprint king' Usain Bolt has seen his chances of winning the 100 metres crown at the London 2017 World Athletic's Championships improve with the news that his biggest challenger Andre de Grasse has been forced to withdraw.
Bolt, who is set to retire after the event which starts on 05–13 August, has seen his chances of a golden swansong improve with the announcement that Canadian rival De Grasse has been forced to cancel the rest of his season due to a hamstring strain in training.
"The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus. I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world," the 22-year-old De Grasse said in a statement.
"To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the reality I am now faced with.
"I am sad to miss this chance but I am young and with treatment and rehabilitation I will be back and better than ever in the near future."
In June, De Grasse clocked a season 100 metres fastest wind-assisted time of 9.69 seconds in Stockholm and was being seen as the person who could upset Bolt's winning aspirations.
The 30-year-old Jamaican's fastest time this year in the 100m is 9.95 seconds but he always seems to go faster in big occasions like the World Championships and Olympics.