Bolt on show


ZURICH: Treble Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt (pic) will headline a starry cast at tomorrow's Golden League meeting here that brings together more than 50 finalists from the recently-finished Beijing Games.

Bolt will race against six sprinters from the 100m he won in a world record of 9.69. The only sprinter missing will be compatriot Asafa Powell, his place taken by American 200m silver medallist Shawn Crawford.

Lining up to run against the 22-year-old Jamaican will be silver medallist Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, double sprint bronze medallist Walter Dix, as well as fellow Beijing finalists Churandy Martina of the Dutch Antilles, Jamaican Michael Frater, Trinidad's Marc Burns and American Darvis Patton.

Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas will also take part in what should be a humdinger of a race as Bolt bids to seal his reputation as the world's top sprinting master.

Athletes competing at the Weltklasse at the sold-out 26,000-capacity Letzigrund Stadium will be arriving from Beijing with 41 Olympic medals – among them 14 gold medals – in their luggage.

In addition, more than 50 Olympic finalists will be present, including four world record holders – Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Bolt (100m, 200m), Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (5000m, 10,000m), and Cuban 110m hurdler Dayron Robles.

The Olympic champions are Kenyans Pamela Jelimo (800m) and Nancy Lagat (1500m); Americans Dawn Harper (100m hurdles), Angelo Taylor (400m hurdles) and Lashawn Merritt (400m); Belgian high jumper Tia Hellebaut; Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen and Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi (1500m). – AFP

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