Usain Bolt is among 29 Olympic medalists, including 12 champions and 4 world record holders, who have so far been confirmed for the IAAF Diamond League at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 26- 28 of July- one year on from the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
Bolt, who will run the 100m on Friday evening and in the 4×100m on Saturday afternoon, will compete in the London IAAF Diamond League for the first time since 2009, in the last major meet before IAAF World Championship in Moscow, in August.
The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is billed as a three- day festival of the world’s best athletes. This year’s edition will welcome heroes from last summer’s Paralympic Games in a one- off IPC international Challenge on Sunday July 28.
Usain Bolt is excited by the prospect of returning to the stadium where he won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and as part of the world record breaking 4×100m Jamaican relay team.
“I am looking forward to coming back to the UK, especially with it being a year since winning three gold medals in the Olympic Stadium. 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,” said Bolt who repeated his Olympic treble winning feat from Beijing at last summer’s London 2012 games.
In the 100m, Bolt will be up against Kim Collins, the 2003 World Champion who missed out on competing at his fifth Olympic Games last year. Despite the age difference between Collins and the 100m/ 200m world record holder he is determined to prove that he can still mix it with the best sprinters in the world.
“My story from London was well documented, and to have the opportunity a year on to run in the stadium is something that I’m really grateful for. The support I get
from the British crowd every year is incredible and I’m looking forward to hearing that roar when I come out on to the track in July.
“This is my Olympic final, and I’m going to take full advantage of the occasion and show that even at 37, I’m still a force to be reckoned with.”