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Bolt looking forward to London’s ‘special atmosphere’

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Usain Bolt with his new Puma footwear at The Usain Bolt track recently.

LONDON (CMC):

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.

The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.

Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.

"The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio," the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.

"It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.

"I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July."

The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.

While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.

British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt's presence would be a huge delight for fans.

"Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I'm sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue," he said.

"The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world's best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games."

Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.