Farewell to a wonder of our sporting age

Updated 1820 GMT (0220 HKT) August 4, 2017

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(CNN)The end is coming. A marvel of this sporting age is one championship away from retirement, 30 seconds or so from consigning himself to history.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica salutes the crowd after winning 100m "Salute to a Legend " race during the Racers Grand Prix at the national stadium in KingstonUsain Bolt of Jamaica salutes the crowd after winning 100m "Salute to a Legend " race during the Racers Grand Prix at the national stadium in Kingston
    Bolt wins the 100m Olympic gold in BeijingBolt wins the 100m Olympic gold in Beijing
      Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men's 4 x 100m relay at the Rio Olympics Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men's 4 x 100m relay at the Rio Olympics
        Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali
          The iconic image of Bolt while competing in the men's 100m in RioThe iconic image of Bolt while competing in the men's 100m in Rio
          Bolt salutes the crowd after running his final race in Jamaica Bolt salutes the crowd after running his final race in Jamaica
          Usain BoltUsain Bolt
          Usain Bolt Usain Bolt
          Usain Bolt Usain Bolt

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