LONDON, Sporting Alert – Sprint legend Usain Bolt will use the London Anniversary Games in 2016 as part of his preparations for the Rio Olympics.
The Jamaican speedster holds the world records over 100m and 200m and he will try to defend his sprint titles at the Rio Olympic Games next summer.
Bolt landed the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay crowns at London 2012 to add to the three gold medals he won in those events in Beijing 2008, and the 29-year-old will make a return to take part in the London Anniversary Games, which is part of the IAAF Diamond League series.
The two-day event takes place July 22-23.
“I am pleased to announce my return to the Olympic stadium in London for the 2016 Anniversary Games,” Bolt said.
“I know the athletics fans in London are very knowledgeable and passionate about track and field and will come out in force and create a great atmosphere like they always do.”
Meanwhile, Chief Executive of British Athletics, Niels de Vos, was delighted with the news.
“Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon. This will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete,” he said.
“The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and will be even more special this year as it is staged so close to the Olympic Games.”
Bolt is coming off another productive season in which he captured another triple gold medal after adding three more gold medals to his major championships collection at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, this past summer.
Bolt holds the 100m world record at 9.58 seconds and 200m mark at 19.19 — both milestones were set at the 2009 World IAAF Championships in Germany.
He has not been at the same level in recent seasons, but the Glen Mills coached sprint sensation who always find ways to win at championships, still believes he is capable of lowering those marks.