Bolt and co are com­ing back to Brum

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which will be held in Lon­don in Au­gust.

The Ja­maicans will be the first to use the new eight-lane ath­let­ics track which is just days away from be­ing com­pleted.

It re­places the old track they used back in 2012 which has been dug up to make way for a new li­brary.

As well as the ath­let­ics track, the team will have the use of the univer­sity’s new £55 mil­lion sports cen­tre and 50-me­tre swim­ming pool which opened in May.

There will be 50 ath­letes and the cam­pus will be their base for around 12 days.

They are hop­ing that re­turn­ing to Birm­ing­ham will bring them the same good luck they en­joyed in 2012 when the team had record-break­ing suc­cess, win­ning four gold, four sil­ver and four bronze medals.

As well as Bolt, the team will in­clude fel­low 100m con­tender Yo­han Blake and the 100m and 200m women’s Olympic cham­pion, Elaine Thomp­son.

After his last visit to Birm­ing­ham, Bolt per­son­ally thanked the univer­sity for the sup­port and fa­cil­i­ties which helped win his sec­ond “triple” gold medal in Lon­don.

The univer­sity said they were proud to be host­ing Bolt and his team mates.

Di­rec­tor of sport Zena Wooldridge said: “We are in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate to have such amaz­ing new fa­cil­i­ties on cam­pus, and very ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity of the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don to share our new track and in­door fa­cil­i­ties with our Ja­maican friends.”

The Ja­maicans’ visit also co­in­cides with Birm­ing­ham’s bid to host the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games, in which the univer­sity’s cam­pus would pro­vide a range of train­ing venues.

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