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American sprinter Tyson Gay could not hide his admiration for sprints icon Usain Bolt following the latter’s victory in the men’s 100m final at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.
Just as Beijing 2015, Bolt goes into the men’s 100m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 with question marks on his form, having clocked a season’s best 9.95s.
Bolt, who turns 31 on 21 August, sits joint seventh on the 2017 world list with the 9.95 he clocked in winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on 21 July. That is the Jamaican’s only sub-10-second clocking from a season in which his form and fitness have been affected by the heartbreaking sudden death of his close friend Germaine Mason, the 2008 Olympic high jump silver medallist, and by the back problems that have afflicted him since his youth.
So what makes Bolt special? We asked his long time rival, the American Tyson Gay at Beijing 2015: