Bolt set for 200m at next week’s Athens GP
Posted by Dresonic on July 4, 2008
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Two Caribbean 2008 record-setting athletes, Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Cuba’s Dayron Robles, have been confirmed for the Athens Grand Prix Meeting “Tsiklitiria 2008” to be held on July 13.
After mid-week speculations that Bolt would run the 100 metres at the Athens Olympic Stadium, his local manager Norman Peart yesterday confirmed to CMC Sports that the sprinter would race in the 200 metres.
“He (Bolt) will run the 200 in Greece,” Peart said, effectively erasing hopes of the world 200 metres silver medallist running another 100- metre before the Olympics.
Bolt did not compete at the meet a year ago as a 200 metres dash was not on the schedule.
He became the world fastest man in legal conditions on May 31 when he blasted to a world record of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix, competing in only his fifth open 100- metres race in his young career.
His fastest half-lap time this season is a world-leading 19.83 seconds, a time that could improve on the fast Athens track.
Cuba’s Robles has also been confirmed to race in the men’s 110 metres hurdles, an event he holds the world record with a sizzling 12.87 seconds.
Robles, who dominated the entire indoor season before his early elimination at the World Indoors, owns two of the three sub-13-second performances in the sprint hurdles this season.
He won this event last year with a comfortable run of 13.11 seconds.
The Athens Grand Prix comes only 26 days before the commencement of the year’s greatest athletic festival to be held in the Chinese capital, and Bolt and Robles will definitely be using the meet as their dress rehearsals for the big Games.
The two Caribbean stars, both of whom are just 21, also declared their intentions earlier this week to race at the Zurich IAAF Golden League meeting, slated for August 29.
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