Usain Bolt to run 150 metre race in Manchester
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Triple Olympic champion Jamaica will run in a 150 metre street race in Manchester, England on May 17. The race will be conducted as part of the inaugural "Great Manchester 150." Bolt won gold medals in the , and race in the held in Beijing, China. He set world records in both the 100- and 200-meter races.of
This will be the first time Bolt will be running in Europe. This will also be the first time he will be running a distance of 150 metres. The race will be held on a specially built . This event will be followed by Bolt's participation in the August in , Germany.
"I am very excited to compete for my first time in Manchester, my first time in a 150 m race and my first time in a street race outside the stadium," Bolt said. "I love competing in the UK, it is like my second home as I usually stay in London during the European racing season. When I heard about the idea I thought it would be great fun and something new and exciting".
According to the tournament organizer David Hart, apart from Usain Bolt, top British sprinters and a few other international athletes are also expected to compete in the 150 metre race.
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