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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bolt, Gay, Powell to clash on Aug 6


STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) — World 100-metres record-holder Usain Bolt will take on US sprint rivals Tyson Gay and fellow Jamacian Asafa Powell in the IAAF Diamond League meet here on August 6, organisers confirmed yesterday.
The race will mark the first time that history’s three fastest men will compete together since the 100-metres final at last year’s World Championships in Berlin where Bolt set the world record, clocking 9.58, with Gay second in 9.71, then a US record, with Powell, the former world record-holder, taking bronze.
“It is a great pleasure to confirm and host this exciting race,” said meeting director Rajne Soderberg.
“It will strengthen the meeting’s positioning within the world of sports.”
The race will also be the first of just two meetings between ‘The Big Three’ this year, with the second clash set for the Diamond League final in Brussels on August 27.
The Stockholm meet is the 11th of the 14-leg IAAF Diamond League series.
Powell and Gay had previously been confirmed for the event, while DN Galan organisers had worked to secure the financing for Bolt’s participation.
Meet director Soderberg said yesterday it was “a great pleasure” to have the world’s top three sprinters running in Stockholm.