Phillips aiming for final fling
Reigning long jump champion Dwight Phillips has confirmed his seventh World Championships will be his last.
A decade on from winning his maiden outdoor global crown in Paris, the 35-year-old is bidding to become first US athlete in history to win five individual world titles in the same event.
2004 Olympic champion Phillips had planned to quit the sport after London 2012, only to miss the event after Achilles tendon surgery.
That disappointment has spurred him on to compete in Moscow, where he hopes for a record-breaking end to his career.
"My expectation is to come out and represent my country to the best of my ability," he said.
"In the past it has always been the gold medal, so I can't think of anything less than that right now.
"This will definitely be my last championships. This is my seventh World Championships and is the most of any American ever.
"I think that this will be a great time for me to hang my spikes up.
"The sport has been great to me and I just want to finish off with one more golden moment."
Phillips is considered an outside bet for this year's crown, as is Olympic champion Greg Rutherford.
"In any competition, I don't really worry about any one individual," the American said of the Brit.
"In Russia they have a really good jumper called Aleksandr Menkov, he is doing really well, and there are a lot of other athletes as well that could pop that good jump in the finals.
"Really, everybody is a threat but I feel like when I am in the finals, I know how to win.
"I have done it many times and although I am not the favourite, in my eyes I am."