London: Usain Bolt To Light Up Friday Night of Anniversary Games
The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt (coach: Glen Mills), has confirmed that he will compete on the night of Friday 22 July at the two day London Anniversary Games this summer.
The world record holder will take to the track for the IAAF Diamond League meeting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London for what will be one of the best athletics meetings in the world and one of the showpiece events in the British sporting summer.
Staged at the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London on 22-23 July 2016, the event will provide the final races for many of the world’s best athletes before they head to Rio for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 2015, Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at the Beijing World Championships and is the two-time Olympic Champion at 100m, 200m and 4x100m.
He has previously flourished under the floodlights on the Friday night of the London Anniversary Games, winning the 100m in both 2013 and 2015 with world class times of 9.85 and 9.87, and is looking forward to experiencing the ‘special atmosphere’ again.
Bolt said: “The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio. It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce. I always get great support in the UK and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”
Niels de Vos, Chief Executive of British Athletics said: “Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue. The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”
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