Expect a fast time!
Jamaica’s Usain ‘Legend’ Bolt (left) shakes hands with
Athletissima meet director Jacky Delapierre after arriving at his hotel
in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday. Bolt is in Swizerland for the meet
which takes place on Thursday. – AP
Jamaica’s triple Olympic champion and self-proclaimed ‘legend’, Usain Bolt,
will be the star attraction in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday at
the 37th running of the famed Athletissima, a Diamond League meet.
Bolt is expected to face the starter in the men’s 200 metres on a track where he has always ran some very fast times. His training partner
and Olympic 100 and 200 metres silver medallist Yohan Blake is down for
the 100 metres where he will face 2012 Olympic finalists, Americans
Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey.
Most attention is, however, expected to focus on Bolt who will face four other Jamaicans in the event. London Olympics
bronze medallist Warren Weir will be there along with Marvin Anderson,
Nickel Ashmeade and Jason Young. The field is completed by American Wallace Spearmon who was fourth in London, fifth-place Churandy Martina of the Netherlands and Alex Quinonez of Ecuador who was seventh.
In 2008 and 2009, Bolt won the 200m in 19.63 and 19.59 seconds, respectively, in pouring rain.
Two years ago he ran the 100 metres and clocked 9.82 after five
weeks of injury. Bolt missed last year’s meet but goes into this year’s
renewal with season best times of 9.63 for 100m and 19.32 for 200m, so a
fast time is on the cards for the half-lap event on Thursday.
A crack field, led by Olympic gold
medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, has been assembled for the women’s
100 metres. American Carmelita Jeter, the reigning world champion and Olympic silver
medallist and Jamaica’s bronze medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown will
also face the starter along with sixth-place Kelly-Ann Baptiste of
Trinidad and Tobago and relay gold medallist Jenebah Tarmoh of the United States.
Other high-quality events will include the men’s 400 metres where
London gold medallist Kirani James of Grenada will go against runner-up
Luquelin Santos of the Dominican Republic.
In the field events, the Olympic
champions down to compete are Ivan Ukhov of Russia in the high jump,
France’s Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault, American Brittney Reese in
the women’s long jump, Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova in the triple jump and Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic in the javelin throw.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt arrives at the hotel in Lausanne,
Switzerland, yesterday, ahead of Thursday’s Diamond League
‘Athletissima’ meet. which will take place in Lausanne. – AP