Usain Bolt will compete in the 100
metres at the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New
York in the summer.
Organisers said the Adidas Grand
Prix on 12 June will be the fifth stop on the inaugural IAAF Diamond League
The Adidas Grand Prix said Bolt,
the reigning Olympic champion and World record holder in the 100 and 200 metres
has become one of the world’s most famous sportsmen since he burst on the international
scene two years ago at the Beijing Olympics.
A grand prix spokesman said: “A
showman, both on and off the track, Bolt shocked the world in Beijing, not just
by winning the 100m gold but by doing so in a never-before-seen dominating and
entertaining world record effort.
“He followed up this victory
just days later with another historic world record at 200m (19.30 seconds) and
again in the 4x100m relay (37.10s).”
Bolt also dominated the World
Championships in Berlin last year with another cluster of gold medals and
Bolt has been named Athlete of the
Year by the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, and has also claimed the
Laureus World Sportsman-of-the-Year award for the last two years running.
Newly crowned world indoor
champions Bernard Lagat of the United States and Jessica Ennis of Great
Britain, as well as American record-holder Hyleas Fountain will also compete at
the Adidas Grand Prix.
The golden girl of British
athletics, Ennis will face-off against Fountain, the Olympic heptathlon silver
medallist, in a special multi-event challenge, featuring the long jump, shot
put, and 100m hurdles.
Ennis, 24, said: “Winning the
world indoor title gives me a load of confidence heading into the summer, and
now what a great opportunity it is for the multis to be included within the Adidas
Grand Prix’s Diamond League structure.
“This meet is known for
producing great results and I’m excited to use the energy and support of the
New York City crowd in making my US debut.”