Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton to race 100m at same meet
Usain Bolt and Ashton Eaton will both race the 100m at a meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on May 20 in what could be a first-ever meeting between the world’s fastest man and world’s greatest athlete.
“He’s going to completely smoke me,” Eaton said Tuesday. “Maybe I’ll get a PR, but he’ll definitely dust me. There’s no question. I’ll probably be dusted by the first 10m or 20m.”
Bolt, the 100m world-record holder at 9.58 seconds, has three other meets scheduled so far this season -- including in the Cayman Islands on May 14 and London on July 22 -- before the Rio Olympics.
He’s also slated for the Jamaican Olympic Trials.
Eaton, the decathlon world-record holder with 9,045 points, has a 100m personal best of 10.21 seconds.
Bolt hasn’t run that slow since July 24, 2009 (10.31 into a strong headwind in a heat), according to Tilastopaja.org.
NBC Olympics track and field producer Seth Rubinroit contributed to this report.
*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Ashton Eaton’s 100m personal best was 10.23 seconds.