ATHLETICS: Bolt opts out of US$40,000 race, won't run 200m in Brussells
Jamaica’s global sprint legend Usain Bolt will not attempt to win the 200-metre Diamond League title and the US$40,000 as he will run the 100-metre at the final Diamond League meeting in Brussells on Friday.
Bolt says he will run the 100 metres instead of going after the 200-metre title and the US$40,000 first prize because the 100-metre is a shorter race.
His choice to run the 100 metres means he will renew his rivalry with American Justin Gatlin over the distance, as the World Championships gold and silver medal winners will clash once more.
The pair raced in Zurich last week with Bolt getting the verdict, 9.90 to 9.96.
The men’s 100 metres also include two other Jamaicans.
They are Nesta Carter, the Moscow World Championships bronze medallist and Kemar Bailey-Cole.
Eleven other Jamaicans are listed to compete at the Brussells Diamond League meeting.
Moscow World Championships triple gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is down to run the Women’s 100 metres along with her Jamaican teammates Carrie Russell and Kerron Stewart.
Moscow World Championships 200-metre silver medallist Warren Weir, Raheed Dwyer and Nickel Ashmeade are down to compete in the Men’s 200 metres; while Stephanie McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills will run in the Women’s 400 metres.
The other Jamaicans down to compete are Kimberly Williams in the Women’s Triple Jump and Nicholas Maitland and Edino Steele in the Men’s 400 metres.
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