Bolt is put through his paces for final showdown
Usain Bolt may be about to bring the curtains down on his glittering career but the Jamaican sprinter looked completely at ease as he prepared for the start of the World Championships in London.
Bolt trained on Wednesday ahead of the opening day of the World Championships on Friday, an event he insists will be the final of his professional career.
But the pressure of performing one last time didn’t appear to be getting to him, as he wore a huge smile while being put through his paces by coach Glen Mills.
The sprinter was pictured in action running up and down the track as he geared up for the sixth World Championships of his career.
The 30-year-old was also spotted wearing a black Jamaica athletics t-shirt as spoke with his long-time coach Mills.
Bolt will take part in both the 100m and 4x100m relay at the World Championships giving fans one last opportunity to see him in action at the Olympic Stadium.
The 100m world record holder will be looking to add to the 11 World Championship gold medals he has already won over the course of his career.
He is set to be in action for the first time on Friday as he competes in the first round of the men’s 100m – the final of the 100m event takes place on August 12.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Bolt admitted he was concerned by the state of athletics in the wake of recent doping revelations – describing the scandal involving some Russian athletes as the sport hitting ‘rock bottom’.
Bolt said: ‘Hopefully athletes will see what’s going on and understand that if they don’t stop what they’re doing the sport will die.
‘Hopefully understand what the sport is going through and what they need to do as athletes to help the sport moves forward.
‘Personally I think it was there (rock bottom). After the scandal on Russia I don’t think it gets any worse than that. It’s on its way back up now. No way but up you can go and forward.
‘You can’t be happy about doping at all, it’s not good for the sport. But over the years we’re doing a better job, it’s getting clean and we’re catching up to a lot of athletes’.
Bolt will retire an eight-time Olympic champion with gold medals won at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
He is the current defending champion for the 100m, 4x100m and 200m events at the World Championships – winning all three events in Beijing in 2015 – though he will not participate in the 200m event.