Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake, Christian Coleman… the 100m sprinters vying to replace Usain Bolt as the world’s fastest man

USAIN BOLT'S retirement from athletics final yr has left a variety of sprinters hoping to take the crown as the fastest man in the world.

The Jamaican has dominated the sport, by no means thoughts sprinting, for the previous decade.

 A host of superstars are aiming to replace Usain Bolt as sprinting's finest

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A number of superstars are aiming to replace Usain Bolt as sprinting's best

However with the newest leg of the Diamond League circuit happening in Eugene this weekend – and a mouth-watering 100m line-up – the publish-Bolt period begins in earnest.

There are a number of males aiming to step into his huge footwear – with Bolt a 3-time 100m Olympic champion as properly as world report holder for his 9.58sec in Berlin in 2009.

Listed here are the principal pretenders to the throne…

 Christian Coleman is arguably the top contender to Usain Bolt's throne

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Christian Coleman is arguably the prime contender to Usain Bolt's throne

Age: 22

Nation: United States

100m PB: 9.82sec

200m PB: 19.85sec

The man greatest positioned to seize the mantle, Coleman clocked an eye fixed-opening 9.82sec over 100m final June that made the world sit up and take observe.

Arriving at the London World Championships as one among a handful of medal hopefuls, he burst out of the blocks in the 100m remaining and seemed nailed on to win a breakthrough title.

Nevertheless, fellow American Justin Gatlin relegated him to silver in the ultimate few strides.

Since then he's blitzed his means to an outstanding indoor 60m world report of 6.34sec – breaking a 20-yr-previous mark held by Maurice Greene – and gained March's World Indoor title.

 Andre De Grasse will be aiming to be the world's new Usain Bolt

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Andre De Grasse will probably be aiming to be the world's new Usain Bolt

Age: 23

Nation: Canada

100m PB: 9.91sec

200m PB: 19.80sec

When in 2015 he signed a multi-million pound cope with Puma, Bolt's premier sponsor, huge issues have been anticipated of De Grasse.

By then he had already gained a world 100m bronze and went on to win medals over each 100m and 200m at the Rio Olympics.

The 2017 marketing campaign noticed him start with a wind-assisted 100m run of 9.69sec Stockholm.

However a hamstring damage then pressured him to miss the World Championships and up to date Commonwealth Video games.

He has simply returned to competitors after 9 months out.

 Justin Gatlin could be the man to take over from Usain Bolt

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Justin Gatlin could possibly be the man to take over from Usain Bolt

Age: 36

Nation: United States

100m PB: 9.74sec

200m PB: 19.57sec

Love him or detest him, Gatlin shouldn’t be planning on retiring anytime quickly.

The 2-time drug cheat has already indicated he needs to compete at Tokyo 2020.

Since coming back from a 4-yr ban in 2010, Gatlin has made two Olympic podiums behind Bolt.

He additionally ruined the Jamaican's farewell in London final summer time, claiming the world 100m title.

 Usain Bolt's fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake could become the top dog

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Usain Bolt's fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake might turn into the prime canine

Age: 28

Nation: Jamaica

100m PB: 9.69sec

200m PB: 19.26sec

Blake broke ten seconds for the first time in 2010 and took benefit of his former coaching associate Bolt false-beginning to win the World 100m title a yr later.

Two Olympic silvers adopted at London 2012, however a collection of accidents have meant he has been unable to hit such heights ever since.

Fourth-place finishes over 100m at the Rio Olympics and World Championships in London final summer time recommend he’s again on the rise once more.

Though he was approach under par in solely profitable Commonwealth bronze final month.

 Noah Lyles is another big name in contention to take over from Usain Bolt

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Noah Lyles is one other huge identify in rivalry to take over from Usain Bolt

Age: 20

Nation: United States

100m PB: 10.14sec

200m PB: 19.90sec

Lyles gained the world junior 100m title in 2016.

A time of 19.90sec in his second 200m race of 2017 marked him out as a real contender for international honours, just for a hamstring tear to rule him out of the World Championships.

Unperturbed, he returned for the Diamond League remaining at the finish of the season and beat a prime subject. A lot is predicted of him this yr.

British contenders

 Chijindu Ujah is arguably the top British hope to take Usain Bolt's mantle

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Chijindu Ujah is arguably the prime British hope to take Usain Bolt's mantle

Age: 24

Nation: Britain

100m PB: 9.96sec

200m PB: 20.39sec

European junior champion in 2013, Ujah broke ten seconds over 100m for the first time the following yr.

Ujah took an extra step up final summer time when beating a subject that included Gatlin and and former world 100m report holder Asafa Powell to the Diamond League title.

He clocked between 9.97sec and 10.02sec on six events final yr, however he’ll want to decrease these occasions to contest for main medals.

 Reece Prescod is another British sprinter to watch in the future

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Reece Prescod is one other British sprinter to watch in the future

Age: 22

Nation: Britain

100m PB: 10.03sec

200m PB: 20.38sec

Standing nicely over six-ft tall, he bears one thing of a bodily resemblance to Bolt on the monitor and made the 100m ultimate eventually summer time's World Championships.

Gained the final Diamond League assembly in Shanghai on Might 12 when he beat Gatlin.

 Adam Gemili has been one of Britain's top sprinters in recent years

Adam Gemili has been certainly one of Britain's prime sprinters in recent times

Age: 24

100m PB: 9.97sec

200m PB: 19.97sec

World Junior 100m champion in 2012 he’s solely the second Brit in historical past to break the ten second barrier for the 100m and the 20 second barrier for the 200m.

Missed out on Olympic 200m bronze in Rio by three thousandths of a second and had to pull out of the 100m remaining with an damage finally month's Commonwealth Video games the place he was amongst the favourites for gold.

With Coleman, Gatlin, Ujah and Prescod all competing in Eugene over 100m on Saturday, the battle to fill Bolt's footwear are about to start.

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USAIN BOLT'S retirement from athletics final yr has left a variety of sprinters hoping to take the crown as the fastest man in the world.

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