Usain Bolt to race individually in U.S. for first time since 2008
Usain Bolt will compete in New York on June 13 at the same site as his last individual race in the U.S., when he broke the 100m world record for the first time in 2008.
Bolt, 28 and a six-time Olympic champion, has committed to the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York in three months.
Bolt broke countryman Asafa Powell‘s 100m world record on May 31, 2008, clocking 9.72 seconds in an electric atmosphere.
“No one could ever forget their first world record, and I will never forget the crowd in New York that night,” Bolt said in a statement. “They had to wait for an hour during a thunderstorm delay before our race, and I don’t think a single person left the stadium. They deserved a great performance, and I’m glad I was able to give it to them. I’m looking forward to running in New York again.”
Bolt, who since lowered his world record to 9.69 and 9.58, last ran in the U.S. in 2010 as part of a relay at the Penn Relays.
He’s next scheduled to race a 100m against three other sprinters in Rio de Janeiro on April 19.
Bolt’s dominance is questioned going into this season after he ran a total of 400 meters in competition last season, hampered by a foot injury and his times dwarfed by American Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion who is five years removed from a four-year doping ban.
Bolt and Gatlin have not gone head to head since the 2013 World Championships, won by Bolt.
Gatlin has not raced at the Adidas Grand Prix since 2006, when it was known as the Reebok Grand Prix. Of the two U.S. meets on the Diamond League circuit, he’s exclusively competed at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., since his return from suspension.