With Justin Gatlin firing like the gun that bears his name, all thoughts are on whether Usain Bolt can beat him this year. Gatlin demolished Jamaica’s current leader, Asafa Powell yesterday in Lausanne. Gatlin clocked 9.75 to Powell’s 9.92.
Usain Bolt has been struggling all season, until it was discovered one week ago that it was as a result of an injury. He was slated to receive treatment for 2 days, then continue training. Now fans are anxious to see how he has progressed, and whether he will be ready in time for the big meeting with Gatlin and others for World Championship 2015, which starts August 22.
The world’s biggest athletics superstar, Usain Bolt, will lead a stellar global cast at the re-opening of the London Olympic Stadium on Friday 24th July.
Fans are expected to flock to the stadium to relive memories of 2012, as the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games deliver the best of the Olympics and Paralympics in three days of action-packed athletics.
The cast for the reopening of the stadium following its conversion features Bolt, Team GB’s Super Saturday stars Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, world record holder and London Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha and more than a dozen world or Olympic champions.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘The opening night of the Anniversary Games has attracted the strongest field ever assembled for a single night of athletics, providing Londoners with another ‘I was there’ moment. The chance to see a living legend like Bolt is very rare and we are delighted to be able to welcome him to the reopening of the stadium where he so thrilled us all at the 2012 Games.’
“It is a beginning of a new chapter for the Stadium and there will be many more amazing nights to come – it is wonderful that we are starting in such style”.
Bolt – considered to be one of the greatest sportsmen of all time last competed individually in the UK at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in 2013 where he won the 100m in 9.85 seconds.
The 100m and 200m world record holder, winner of six Olympic and eight world titles is looking forward to returning to the scene of his spectacular Olympic triumphs.
Bolt said: “London is a special place where I love to compete and I am looking forward to the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on July 24.
“I have great memories of competing in the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2012 and in the previous Grand Prix meets in London.
“The British fans are always great and I expect there will also be a lot of Jamaican fans in the stadium. It will be amazing to put on another great show for them under the floodlights on the Friday night.”