The Jamaican sprint star is set to compete at the London Diamond League meeting ahead of the Rio Olympics
Usain Bolt is set to return to London’s Olympic Stadium next summer as British Athletics has announced he is to compete at the London Anniversary Games in July.
The Jamaican sprint star added three more world gold medals to his CV in Beijing and is due to run at the London Diamond League meeting, held from July 22-23, as he works towards the Rio Olympic Games the following month.
“I am pleased to announce my return to the Olympic Stadium in London for the 2016 Anniversary Games,” said six-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt. “I know the athletics fans in London are very knowledgeable and passionate about track and field and will come out in force and create a great atmosphere like they always do.
“I first competed in the London Grand Prix in 2005 when the event was in Crystal Palace, this will be my ninth time to compete in a city I know very well.
“There are a lot of Jamaicans living in the UK and I always get great support – it is like my home away from home. See you in July.”
Niels de Vos, chief executive of British Athletics, said: “Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon. This will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete.
“The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and will be even more special this year as it is staged so close to the Olympic Games.
“I expect the British sprinters to rise to the challenge of facing Usain Bolt and anticipate some electrifying performances from a range of world-class athletes.”
2016 IAAF Diamond League
May 6 – Doha, QAT
May 14 – Shanghai, CHN
May 28 – Eugene, USA
Jun 2 – Rome, ITA
Jun 5 – Birmingham, GBR
Jun 9 – Oslo, NOR
Jun 16 – Stockholm, SWE
Jun 18 – New York City, USA
Jul 15 – Monaco, MON
Jul 22-23 – London, GBR
Aug 25 – Lausanne, SUI
Aug 27 – Paris, FRA
Sep 1 – Zurich, SUI
Sep 9 – Brussels, BEL