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CJ Ujah will compete over 100m at the World Championships this week in a stadium Ricky Romero Authentic Jersey only The Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, who has run 1min 43.10sec this season, and Botswana’s Nijel Amos – who took silver behind Rudisha at London 2012 – will be the favourites for gold in his absence.10 miles from where he was born in Enfield, north London, but he is under no illusions that he will benefit from home advantage.The presence of Usain Bolt, contesting for the final time an event he has dominated for almost a decade, will negate any patriotic fervour among the crowd. But Ujah is hoping the London organisers do not create an atmosphere resembling a retirement party for the Jamaican because he has been there before.“When we walked out at Monaco the whole crowd was ‘U-sain Bolt!’ They had us out there for half an hour before we actually raced,” he says, “I feel like that was a bit of a ploy. I was getting cold and stiff. They were playing his music and I was thinking ‘Wow, like, we’re here to race and they want us to think about him!’ My coach was saying: ‘You’ve got to be ready for this because this is a situation that could happen in London.’”Ujah finished fourth behind Bolt at the Monaco Diamond League last month but he, like others, has recognised chinks in the armour of the 30-year-old, a suggestion he might be fallible after all. There were rumours Bolt’s team had demanded the removal of Andre De Grasse, the Rio Olympic 200m silver medallist, from the race and the Jamaican has struggled for speed this season, if not victories, running under 10 seconds only once. He also admitted to being emotionally broken after the death of his friend and British high jumper Germaine Mason, who died in a motorbike accident after a night out with Bolt this year.“I’ve got to respect the other six athletes on the line as as well,” says Ujah, “They’re there for a reason and anyone can upset anyone. Bolt is obviously the legend and inspiration to the sport and myself.“I feel I’m finding it easier to run against these names. He is not quite at his 9.5 or 9.6 pace. We’re all in or around the same times. So I think if anyone raises their game – even myself – anything can happen. It’s not like he’s going to go and run a 9.5sec or 9.6. It’s just not going to happen. He’s not the Bolt that’s been there every year. He’s not quite the same. We’ve all seen that. So we’ll see what happens.“But when you get to the champs everyone wipes the slate clean and starts again. That’s where you’re judged. He knows that and he’s the best at doing it.“So he’s probably not worried about what he’s running now; he’s probably just focusing on the champs as well.”Ujah has proved this season he is Britain’s most consistent 100m sprinter since Linford Christie, winning three Diamond League meets and running around 10sec in every race. Bolt’s physical condition is also in question after he scheduled an emergency meeting with the German doctor Hans Chris Chelios Youth Jersey Müller-Wohlfahrt in June to address a problem with his back. Ujah, 23, knows this represents a golden opportunity to upstage the legend in his final individual race.“I haven’t had a really good start in any of my Diamond Leagues,” he says. “In Monaco my coach said, ‘Even if you do get to 60, be aware Bolt’s going to come up on your shoulder. If you tighten up, he’ll go straight past you. If you don’t, you’ll make it harder.’ I tightened up and he went straight past me. It’s learning and understanding.“But my coach was like, ‘It’s practice. If you’re going to make a mistake, I’d rather you make it in Monaco.’ He’s seen a couple of things and those are the things I’m working on.“If I do get drawn next to Bolt again you’ll probably see a better run from me.”Ujah spent two and a half months this year training in Arizona alongside Canada’s De Grasse, the man Bolt considers the biggest obstacle between him and a fourth world 100m title. But Ujah believes he can cause the ultimate upset and silence the Bolt leaving party.“Gold? Yeah, I believe I can,” he says, “The first thing is to make the final, then believe that anything can happen when the gun goes.”The Kenyan David Rudisha, who lit up the London Olympics with a bravura display of front running which brought him a gold medal and 800m world record, has pulled out of the world championships with a quad strain.Rudisha, the world and Olympic champion and the only person to run under 1min 41sec for the 800m, said he was disappointed and saddened by the news, which was confirmed by an MRI scan on Monday revealing a grade‑one tear.“I was trying to engage more speed,” he said. “In the process I put my muscle under [more] intense stress than when doing normal mileage. I damaged my quad and this saddens and disappoints me a lot.”The announcement of Rudisha’s withdrawal came as the first wave of Kenya’s team headed out to London for the championships which begin on Friday.“We thought it was going to take a few days before recovery,” said Rudisha, who had been desperate to return to the stadium where he became a global star at London 2012. “But it’s taken longer than expected. When we went for an MRI scan they found that fluid was coming out of the muscle.”The 28-year-old, who missed out on the 2013 championships with a serious knee injury before reclaiming his 800m crown two years ago in Beijing, insisted he would be back competing this year and said he wanted to challenge for the world title again in 2019.“I have been advised that I should take it easy,” he said. “If I push it with that pain, it could damage me further – it is not the right thing to do or I would run the risk of missing the complete year. I have accepted my fate with a very heavy heart and would like to wish the team well. I will still come back stronger and even challenge for the title in the next world championships.”


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