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Usain Bolt to run at Ostrava Golden Spike meeting

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt will compete at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava on May 31, meeting organisers announced on Wednesday.

Bolt, who holds the World record in both the 100 metres and 200m sprints, raced over 300m last year, but is yet to confirm which distance he will contest this year, with organisers saying there are three events open to him.

The Olympic and World champion can run over the 100m, 200m or even 300m dashes at the 50th edition of the Czech meeting, which serves as part of the IAAF World Challenge series.

“I love coming back to Ostrava,” Bolt said.

“The organisers are always very welcoming and the crowd is one of the best on the circuit. The meet usually has a lot of energy and this helps me run fast.

“2011 will be the fifth time I run in the Golden Spike meeting. I have four Golden Spike trophies from winning previous meets and would like to get a fifth on May 31.

“Previously I competed in the 100m, 200m twice and 300m in Ostrava. I have not yet decided which event I will run this year. My coach will decide closer to the competition.”

He clocked 30.97seconds in rainy conditions over 300m in Ostrava last year, just missing Michael Johnson’s world record of 30.85secs set at altitude in Pretoria in 2000.

Gary Smith

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