Bolt and Farah under spotlight in London

Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:51am EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt's suspect hip and Mo Farah's status as the golden boy of British athletics will come under scrutiny when both return to London's Olympic stadium this weekend.

The two-day so-called Anniversary Games, which incorporates a Diamond League meeting, features a glittering cast but six-times Olympic gold medalist Bolt is the undoubted top of the bill when he goes in the 100m on Friday.

The world record holder has looked a long way from the unbeatable sprinter who elevated track and field above the murky waters of its dope-stained past with stunning 100m/200m doubles at the Beijing and London Olympics.

This season though he is yet to dip below 10 seconds in the 100 and missed the recent Jamaican trials with a troublesome hip injury. He has not run a 100m since April in Rio.

Bolt's fitness, and speed will be under scrutiny a month before the world championships in Beijing when American Justin Gatlin, on fire this season, will be itching to have a crack at him.

There will be no showdown in London, however, and a fit Bolt looks a strong favorite ahead of European record holder Jimmy Vicaut of France, who ran 9.86 seconds in Paris three weeks ago.

"The race tomorrow will definitely determine whether I'll race again before Beijing. I have two 100s to make it right," Bolt said at news conference on Thursday.

"But when I get to championships I always make sure I'm ready! I'm definitely excited for Beijing, maybe a bit nervous. I set the bar quite high last time I ran there."   Continued...

Jamaica's Usain Bolt during a press conference. Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs