Big bucks for Bolt - France shells out US$300,000 for Bolt to run in the Paris Diamond League
PARIS, France (CMC):
Organisers have shelled out US$300,000 to bring six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt to France to run the 200 metres at the Paris Diamond League meeting July 6.
The Jamaican world record holder will compete against France's European 100 metres champion, Christophe Lemaitre, in the final race of the evening.
Lemaitre finished third in the 2011 Daegu World Championships 200 metres which was won by Bolt.
Head of the meeting, Laurent Boquillet, said the fee was standard for a runner of Bolt's calibre.
"With Bolt, we know that we will easily fill the Stade de France," said Boquillet, adding that before his Olympic triple feat last year, he was available for US$250,000 per meeting.
Bolt won 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at last year's Olympics in London, repeating the feat that he first achieved in Beijing four years earlier and cementing his reputation as one of the greatest sprinters of all time.
He is using the event in July as part of his build-up for the Moscow World athletics championships the following month.
Bolt, 26, will compete in a 150 metres race on Brazil's Copacabana beach on March 31.
His only other confirmed race this year is over 200 metres, at Oslo's Bislett Games on June 13.