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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bolt to return to Rome – Samsung Diamond League

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the back-to-back Olympic champion in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, will compete for the third time in a row at Rome’s Golden Gala, the fifth leg of the Samsung Diamond League, on 6 June 2013. To date, Bolt has left two impressive marks on Rome’s Olympic Stadium track – first with his 9.91 in 2011, and then his superlative 9.76 last year to break the meeting record. Bolt will once again contest the 100m at this year’s meeting, during a night that is expected to feature many of the world’s athletics stars, as is always the case at the Golden Gala. “We are happy that Usain Bolt will be in Rome again,” said Alfio Giomi, president both of the Italian Athletics Federation and the organizing committee. “We are working hard, together with our partner, CONI Servizi, to be up to the tradition of Rome’s Golden Gala: a meeting rich in champions and in world-class challenges. “From my point of view, I wish that the high international value of the Golden Gala may be reached this year with a strong contribution of the best Italian athletes.” More than 50,000 spectators gathered last year at Rome’s Olympic Stadium for the 2012 edition of the Golden Gala. Organisers for the IAAF 2013 Samsung Diamond League Calendar Doha, QAT – 10 May Shanghai, CHN – 18 May New York, USA – 25 May Eugene, USA – 1 Jun Rome, ITA – 6 Jun Oslo, NOR – 13 Jun Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul Paris, FRA – 6 Jul Monaco, MON – 19 Jul London, GBR – 26-27 Jul Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep