Watch Usain Bolt’s top Olympic 100m moments

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Usain Bolt is ready for the last races of his career. What a series of incredible moments he leaves behind as the fastest man in history.

Bolt is the 100m favorite at the world track and field championships in London, with the final on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports Gold). One week later, Bolt is expected to anchor the Jamaican 4x100m relay team in his last race before retirement.

The curtain will come down on a decade of memories, from world records to world-class celebrations, charm and charisma. That was never more evident than on sport’s biggest stage — the Olympic Games.

In 2008, a 21-year-old from the rural Jamaican sugar town of Trelawny, shocked the world by breaking the 100m and 200m world records at the Beijing Games.

As Michael Phelps wrapped his eight-gold-medal opening week in China, it was Bolt who kept viewers glued. Not only did he win in record fashion, but he also did so with cocky style, turning his head and slapping his chest before crossing the 100m final finish line in 9.69 seconds.

Bolt, criticized by some for disrespectfully celebrating mid-race, then ran hard through the line to win the 200m in 19.30 seconds four days later, lowering Michael Johnson‘s world record.

After breaking his own world records at the 2009 World Championships, Bolt came back for an Olympic encore at the 2012 London Games. He ran faster in London than in Beijing by aggregate and became the first man or woman to sweep the 100m and 200m at back-to-back Olympics.

Soon after London, Bolt said the 2016 Rio Games would be his Olympic farewell. He came to Rio to set his legacy as a legend along the likes of Muhammad AliMichael Jordan and Pelé. He did not disappoint, winning both sprints and the 4x100m relay again.

After Rio, Bolt chose to race one more season — “for the fans” — and will fittingly cross the finish line one last time at an Olympic Stadium, the site of his 2012 London Games triumphs.

Track and field, and the Olympic Games, will not be the same without him.

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Mo Farah likely to retire this year

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British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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