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Bolt confirmed for Grand Prix in New York

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

NEW YORK, United States (CMC):

Jamaica's sprint sensation Usain Bolt will compete in the 100 metres at the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island here in June.

Organisers said the Adidas Grand Prix, formerly known as the Reebok Grand Prix, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural IAAF Diamond League circuit.

The Adidas Grand Prix said Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion and World record holder in the 100 and 200 metres, was "one of the most popular and sought-after sports personalities in the world".

"A showman, both on and off the track, Bolt shocked the world in Beijing in 2008, not just by winning the 100m gold medal but by doing so in a never-before-seen dominating and entertaining world record effort," organisers said.

"He followed up this victory just days later with another historic world record at 200m (19.30) and again in the 4x100m relay (37.10)."

Great performances

Adidas Grand Prix said last year Bolt had "outperformed the world as well as his own seemingly untouchable world best marks" with two more records (9.58 in the 100m and 19.19 in the 200m) at the World Championships in Berlin.

Bolt has been named Athlete of the Year by the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, and has also claimed the Laureus World Sportsman-of-the-Year award for the last two years running.

Organisers said newly crowned world indoor champions Bernard Lagat of the United States and Jessica Ennis of Great Britain, as well as American record-holder Hyleas Fountain will "ride the wave of their recent successes" when they compete at the Adidas Grand Prix.

The golden girl of British athletics, Ennis will face-off against Fountain, the Olympic heptathlon silver medallist, in a special multi-event challenge, featuring the long jump, shot put, and 100m hurdles.