Published On: Mon, Aug 14th, 2017

London 2017 – End of the Road


Three great Athletes; Usain Bolt, Ezekiel Kipkemboi and Mo Farah came to the IAAF London 2017 Championships to crown off their illustrious careers, but instead of going out with a roar, they all settled for a whimpering exit.

Usain Bolt the Muhammad Ali of Athletics will be most missed for not only his devastating track heroics but his clowning which made for great TV and Photo opps.

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt, 30, is retiring from athletics having illuminated the sport like few others. Bolt finished 3rd in the 100m final and gave in to a hamstring pull while anchoring the 4x100m, ending up crumbled on the rack after just 20metres.

“It’s really sad that I have to walk away now,” said the Jamaican, who completed a lap of honour of London Stadium on Sunday’s closing night.

“I was saying goodbye to the fans and saying goodbye to my events also.”

When asked if he would consider a return to racing, he replied: “I’ve seen too many people retire and come back just to make it worse or to shame themselves.

“I won’t be one of those people.”


Kenya´s maverick steeplechase King, came to London as Team Kenya Captain and would have loved to do his waist jig in the final but it wasn’t to be.
Kenya’s four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi said Tuesday’s world championship final where he finished 11th would be his last outing in the 3,000 metres steeplechase.
Although he has previously backtracked on declarations to quit the event that he has dominated for more than a decade, Kemboi, 35, insisted that this time he meant it.

“This was my last steeplechase race. You will never see me run the race again,” said the man who had won the previous four world titles and finished second in the three before that.
“I am launching my road race career in two weeks with a 10km road race, a half marathon in December and a full marathon in April next year.

Team GB&NI´s Mo Farah was also another quitter without glitter as he bowed out with a lose in the 5000m event, settling for the silver behind Ethiopia´s Muktar Edris.

Mo Farah may not have had the fairytale end to his track career that he – or indeed, any of the hilariously devastated BBC sports commentators – expected on Saturday night, but it seems that he’s already looking to put that part of his career behind him.
Farah came second in the 5,000 metre final at the World Athletics Championships in London, a race that he was expected to win – but now the 34-year-old, who was given a knighthood earlier this year, says that going forward he wants to be known by his full name, Mohamed.

Farah will continue to run but will focus on road racing after savaging the media with comments that accused it of trying to ‘destroy’ his career.

“My road name is Mohamed,” he said. “I just feel like Mo is done. I need to forget about what I’ve achieved and what I’ve done.”






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