Ostrava — After a nervous start to his 2011 campaign in Rome, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will continue his preparation for the IAAF World Championships later this summer with another 100m race – this time at the 50th Ostrava Golden Spike on Tuesday.
Besides Bolt, the meet will see several other superstars such as Jamaicans Veronica Campbell-Brown, Yohan Blake, Steve Mullings, Antigua’s Daniel Bailey, Kim Collins of St Kitts, Dayron Robles of Cuba and South Africa’s LJ van Zyl – all competing.
The meeting will also see Ivan Ukhov, the World and European indoor champion from Russia, making his 2011 outdoor debut, where he will face home favourite Jaroslav Bába, who has cleared 2.31 already this season, while Barbora Spotakova starts favourite for the women’s Javelin Throw.
But all eyes will be on Bolt, who opened with a challenging 9.91 seconds victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome over fellow countryman Asafa Powell.
Robles is also in good form after matching the world-leading time in his last race and is confident of going faster.