Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely

Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:46pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

RALEIGH North Carolina (Reuters) - Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website on Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now unlikely to race against Justin Gatlin this year.

The six times Olympic gold medalist added the Aug 17 "Mano a Mano" 100m on Copacabana Beach to three previously announced races in what he said was his finalised schedule for 2014.

Bolt streaked to victory in a 150m race at the famous beach in March 2013 on a track specially built for the event.

He has delayed opening his season this year because of a foot injury and will start with a 4x100 meters relay with his Jamaican team mates at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Aug 1-2.

The eight-times world champion will also run 100m races in Warsaw, Poland on Aug 23 and at the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Aug 28.

The schedule, unless amended, means Bolt and U.S. world silver medalist Gatlin, who is undefeated this year, are unlikely to meet before 2015.

Gatlin, who returned from a four-year doping ban in 2010, will not receive an invitation to race against Bolt in Zurich because of the Swiss meeting's "policy to not invite athletes that have been banned for two years or more", meeting director Patrick Magyar told Reuters via email.

While the 100 meters race in Zurich is not part of the Diamond League series of events, the 200 meters race at the same meeting will be.   Continued...

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt poses for photographers with a copy of his autobiography, "Faster than Lightning,"  at Selfridges in central London September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall