Bolt leads 200m at Adidas Grand Prix

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On Saturday June 13, 2015, the Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York City will come alive with the hosting of the Adidas Grand Prix athletics meet, the 7th of the 14 Diamond League series.

Seven years ago on a wet track in this stadium, Usain Bolt rewrote the history books with his first 100m world record of 9.72 seconds. Interestingly, the meet had to break midway due to a brief lightning storm which probably was a warning of the 'lightning run' the fans would witness later that night in the final event. As is customary, nowadays when Usain Bolt competes, the stadium is sold out way in advance and the World and Olympic champion's return to the 11th New York Adidas Grand Prix will guarantee another bumper crowd.

Bolt rarely runs in the United States and being a consummate entertainer, the world and Olympic champion may deliver another 'lightning' performance that will leave the New York fans ecstatic for a number of years to come. Interestingly, Bolt will be competing in the 200m on this occasion.

Last year at this meet, Jamaica's Warren Weir executed one of his best 200m races of the Diamond League season posting a stunning 19.82 seconds on his way to victory. One of the remarkable things about the race was seeing Warren Weir slowing down considerably for the last 10 metres. Weir has raced sparingly this season and will be using this meet as a serious examination of his form going into the Jamaica Senior trials 15 days later.

Usain Bolt will be competing in his third 200m this season. Bolt who is on a mission to protect his legacy over the next three years will be aiming for his first sub-20 second outing this year. The world record holder has an automatic bye in both sprints for the World Championship in August and will be using this 200m race to sharpen up. Other notable contenders in the event include Diamond Race leader Alonso Edward of Panama, Curtis Mitchell of the U.S.A and T&T's Richard Thompson.

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