Bolt, Blake and Felix to run in Kingston
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) –
Usain Bolt, the two-time reigning Olympic champion at 100 and 200 meters, will run at the Jamaica International Invitational athletics meet on May 4, organizers announced on Wednesday.
Yohan Blake and US sprint star Allyson Felix will also compete in the meeting, but meet director Donald Quarrie, a former Olympic 200 champion, said there will be no showdown between Bolt and Blake in the same event at Kingston.
“Bolt has been confirmed, but his coach, Glen Mills, will decide on the event he will run at a later date,” Quarrie said.
Blake, second to Bolt in both sprints at the London Olympics, is also undecided about his event.
“Bolt and Blake will run, but not in the same event,” Quarrie said. “Hopefully next week we should know the event.”
Felix, the Olympic 200m champion, will compete in the meet for the first time and she will have a showdown with Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women’s 100, Quarrie said.
Felix, a three-time world champion in the 200, first ran in Kingston at the 2002 world junior championships.
Two-time Olympic 100m women’s champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will run the 200, the event in which she finished second at the London Olympics.
Hansle Parchment, a London Olympic bronze medallist, will run the 110m hurdles.