Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt is now confirmed to make his first appearance at the London IAAF Diamond League meeting since 2009.
It was earlier revealed that Bolt will appear for a whopping half-a-million pounds (500,000) to headline the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium from July 26 to 28, the venue that saw him take three gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics last summer in the 100 and 200 metres, as well as the 4x100m relay.
The 26 year old triple world record holder will line up in the 100m on the Friday evening before he competes in the 4x100m relay a day later.
Bolt has avoided competing in the United Kingdom in recent years due to a draconian tax rule that sees him paying astronomical amounts, however the government has put a “one-off” tax exemption in place for the event, similar to the one at London 2012, which means international stars receive a tax break while competing in London.
He is among 29 Olympic medallists, including 12 champions and four world record holders, who have so far been confirmed for the event, which is the last major meet before the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.
These include 400m Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada along with Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson of Australia, men’s Olympic 110m hurdles champion Aries Merritt of the United States, women’s Olympic 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross also of the United States and women’s Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand.
Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford are among the local Olympic champions unveiled earlier this week for the event.
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