Lausanne, Switzerland (Sporting Alert) – Olympic sprint double champion Usain Bolt returns to competition on Thursday night at the IAAF Diamond League Lausanne – Athletissima 2012 Event – in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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The Jamaican sprinter who became the first man to repeat his sprint double feat at successive Olympic Games in London earlier this month, will race over the 200m, an event he holds the world record, at 19.19 seconds.
His strongest challenges are expected to come from American Wallace Spearmon, who finished fourth in London, as well Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir, who trains with Bolt in Kingston, Jamaica.
Other Jamaicans in the event are Jason Young, who recently joined the 19seconds elite group, Nickel Ashmeade and Marvin Anderson.
Churandy Martina from the Netherlands could also be a contender for a top three placing.
In the men’s 100m, Olympic sprint double silver medallist Yohan Blake of Jamaica will take on American Tyson Gay over the straightaway dash.
The pair last met in London, where Gay finished fourth behind Bolt, Blake and Justin Gatlin.
The race is expected to be a fast one, with the likes of American Ryan Bailey and Olympic record gold medallist Nesta Carter of Jamaica, also included.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will lead and loaded field in the women’s event, with the likes of Carmelita Jeter of USA, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste also facing the starter’s gun.
Other star names entered for the event are Kirani James of Grenada, the 400m world and Olympic champion, Pamela Jelimo of Kenya, Olga Rypakova from Kazakhstan and Valerie Adams of New Zealand.