Monday, May 13, 2013

Bolt confirms Zurich Diamond League date

Sprint legend Usain Bolt will compete at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich in August, the Jamaican athlete confirmed on Monday. "I am excited to go back to Zurich. I love the electric atmosphere at the stadium and both the competition and the events during the week of the meeting are always extremely well-organised," he said in a statement on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website. The fastest man on the planet and defending 100m and 200m champion from the Beijing and London Olympics said he will decide whether to run the longer or shorter sprint nearer the time of the meeting on August 29. Bolt's appearance will be his first outing after the World Athletics Championships in Moscow from August 10-18, where he will be hoping to regain the world title he lost to training partner Yohan Blake in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011. Bolt won last year's 200m at Zurich in 19.66secs. In 2009, he won the 100m in 9.81secs and the previous year in 9.83secs. In 2007, he was second in the 200m in 20.19secs.