Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt and British distance legend Mo Farah will attempt to sign off with gold at the World Championships which begins in London today.

The pair, who has 28 world and Olympic titles between them, will both retire from the track by the end of the season.

Bolt, dubbed an “extraordinary competitor” by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe, will take to the track in London as favourite for the blue riband event, having won eight individual finals at the past four worlds as well as in four 4x100meter relay finals.

Coe heaped praise on the Jamaican yesterday, but said he remained optimistic for track and field in the post-Bolt era.

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