Jamaican world record holder likes track and looks to run fast.
Lousanne, Switzerland will host Usain Bolt’s first 200m of the European track season on Tuesday during Athletissima 2009. Bolt has found success on this track, including a 19.63 200m last year, all while easing up over the final meters. Bolt will get a nice push out of the blocks from Americans Shawn Crawford (2004 Olympic gold medalist) and LaShawn Merritt (2008 400m Olymic gold medalist).
Cuban 110m-hurdle world record hold Dayron Robles will look to improve on his 2009 world best 13.04, Jamaican Asafa Powell will toe the line in the men’s 100m and US double world champion Bernard Lagat will run the 800m, a rarity for the 1500/5000m specialist on European soil. Lagat ran one round of the 800m, as a test, during the USA championships two weeks ago in Eugene, clocking in at 1:48.59 in a tactical affair. Other Americans debuting in Europe including US team member Christin Wurth Thomas in the women’s 1500m, Rob Myers in the men’s 1500m and US 800m champion Hazel Clark looking to improve on her season’s best 2:00.09.
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