Bolt headlines super clash - Jamaica speedster set for June 12 100m showdown with Powell, Gay
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Bolt, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell - file photos
Triple World and Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, has been confirmed for the Diamond League Reebok Grand Prix in New York City on June 12, meet organisers announced yesterday.
Bolt, who opens his season at the Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 13, where he will run the 400 metres, is down to compete in seven of the 14 Diamond League meets which will include clashes with rivals Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay in about four 100-metre races and two head-to-head clashes with Tyson Gay over the 200 metres.
The Adidas Grand Prix, formerly known as the Reebok Grand Prix, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural IAAF Diamond League circuit and will be held at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island.
Word from the Bolt camp is that the New York meet will feature Bolt taking on Powell and Gay in the 100 metres.
The Adidas Grand Prix will be Bolt's first competition in the United States since he set his first world record at this event in 2008.
They appreciate speed
"New York was the site of my first world record, the track is lightning fast and the fans, well, they sat through an entire thunderstorm in 2008 just to watch the 100m so I know they appreciate speed," said Bolt.
"I am looking forward to returning to the Big Apple in June."
Bolt, the reigning triple-Olympic champion (100m, 200m and 4x100m) and triple-World champion, is one of the most popular and sought-after sports personalities in the world.
In 2009, Bolt outperformed the world as well as his own seemingly untouchable world marks with world records, 9.58 for 100m and 19.19 for 200m, at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Topping the world's lists at 100m and 200m in 2008 and 2009, Bolt was also named World Athlete of the Year in both years.