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Bolt returns to Monaco for Diamond League

Published:Friday | April 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Bolt ... will run in the 200m in Monaco. - file

World and Olympic sprint champion, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, will return to Monaco to run the 200 metres at the Herculis Samsung Diamond League meet on July 20.

The series of 14 meetings spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States which compose the 2012 Samsung Diamond League season gets under way in just under a month's time in Doha, Qatar, on May 11.

After last year's success in the Principality over 100m (9.88 seconds), Bolt is eager to return to Monaco for what will be his last race before the Jamaican superstar competes to defend his sprint titles at the London Olympic Games.

The reigning 100m and 200m Olympic champion and world record holder is scheduled to line up in his favourite event at the Herculis meeting.

Last year, following his now-famous false start in the 100m, Bolt defended his World Championships title at 200m in an amazing time of 19.40, and later added another gold and world record in the 4x100m relay.

Great show

The Herculis meeting record of 19.72 set by Tyson Gay in 2010 could be in danger from the 25-year-old Jamaican who has recorded nine sub-19.70 seconds times for the 200m in his career, topped by his World record of 19.19.

"Monaco will be my last race before the Olympics and I am looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans. It is going to be my second time racing in Monaco. I love the city and the weather is always good," Bolt said.

Yesterday's announcement of Bolt's participation in Monaco follows earlier confirmations that he will also run in the Oslo and Rome meetings of the 2012 Samsung Diamond League.