Usain Bolt To Take Center Stage In London, Twice

Tyson Gay winning the Reebok NYC Grand Prix 200m. Photo: PhotoRun.net

American Tyson Gay will test injury in the 200m.

The world of track and field will descend upon London, England this weekend for the two day Aviva London Grand Prix. World record holders from the 100m to the 5000m will be present to give the Crystal Palace crowd a show worth more than the gate price.

London track fans will be treated to a double dose of Usain Bolt, as the Jamaican star will

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compete in both the 100m and 4X100m relay. Unfortunately, as in his last two races, Bolt is looking at a rainy night for his races. Bolt ran 9.79 in Paris last week under poor weather conditions and an equally poor start.

Although he announced earlier this week that he has injured his groin in practice, Tyson Gay will still take to the track in the men’s 200m. The American defending world champion has run a personal best 19.58 in 2009 and he hopes to use London as a final tune-up before Berlin.

Aviva will also host the return of 5000m world record holder Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia. Dibaba ran her last race in New York almost two months ago, where she was beaten handily. She will be challenged in the race by sister Ejegayehu and countrywoman Sentayehu Ejigu.

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