Bolt re­turn­ing to Lon­don to run 100 me­tres in Olympic Sta­dium at Diamond League meet

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - LON­DON

Usain Bolt will re­turn to Lon­don’s Olympic Sta­dium to run the 100 me­tres at a Diamond League meet later this month.

The an­nounce­ment on Fri­day came af­ter a left leg in­jury led to the Ja­maican sprinter with­draw­ing from races in Paris last month and Lausanne on Thurs­day.

Bolt will race in Lon­don on July 24, three years af­ter win­ning three Olympic gold medals in the Olympic Sta­dium in the 100, 200 and 4x100-me­ter re­lay races.

The an­nounce­ment about Bolt’s par­tic­i­pa­tion came two days af­ter Bri­tish trea­sury chief Ge­orge Os­borne de­cided that for­eign ath­letes would not be taxed on the earn­ings while in Lon­don for the two-day An­niver­sary Games meet.

“I have great mem­o­ries of com­pet­ing in the Olympic Sta­dium in the sum­mer of 2012 and in the pre­vi­ous Grand Prix meets in Lon­don,’’ the 100 and 200me­ter record holder said in a state­ment. “The Bri­tish fans are al­ways great and I ex­pect there will also be a lot of Ja­maican fans in the sta­dium.

“It will be amaz­ing to put on another great show for them un­der the flood­lights on the Fri­day night.’’

Bolt’s last race was a 200 me­tres in New York on June 13 that he de­scribed as “re­ally bad.’’ His time of 20.29 was more than a sec­ond off his world record of 19.19.

Since Bolt last com­peted at the Olympic Sta­dium, at the first An­niver­sary Games in 2013, the venue has been re­de­vel­oped to ac­com­mo­date English Premier League club West Ham from 2016 while re­tain­ing track and field fa­cil­i­ties.

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