Wednesday, 17 April 2013

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Usain Bolt confirmed for London Anniversary Games

 Usain Bolt
 Usain Bolt will compete in the London 2012 Anniversary Games along with 28 other Olympic medallists at the Olympic Stadium from 26 to 28 July.

Jamaican Bolt, 26, won three gold medals at London 2012 in the 100m, 200m and as part of the 4x100m relay team.

 Britain's Jessica Ennis announced recently that she will be taking part, along with fellow gold medal winners Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.

Sally Pearson and Aries Merritt are among 12 Olympic champions signed up.

 According to BBC Sport,
The event will double as the 2013 London Grand Prix, which usually takes place at Crystal Palace, and will be held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27, followed by a day of Paralympic events.

It coincides with the one-year anniversary of the opening ceremony of London 2012 and takes part two weeks before the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, which start on 10 August.

Bolt, who set an Olympic record in the 100m and helped his team-mates create a new world record in the 4x100m relay on the London track, will use the event as a warm-up for Moscow.

Other than the Olympics, Bolt has not raced in Britain since 2009, when he last competed in the London Grand Prix, because of tax rules which would force him to give up a share of any appearance or prize money and a cut of any endorsements.

However, the exemption for 'non-resident athletes' in the Budget has removed that financial constraint.

 Bolt will run the 100m on the Friday, in a field that includes 2003 world champion Kim Collins, 37, and in the 4x100m relay on the Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to the UK, especially with it being a year since winning three gold medals in the Olympic Stadium," said Bolt.

"The crowd were amazing at the Games, and I hope they will be out again in their numbers at the end of July.

"I haven't competed at the London Diamond League since 2009, but it has always been a great meet with lots of Jamaican support - it almost feels like running at home."

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