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Bolt, Gay and Powell set for Brussels 100m showdown

The three fastest men in the world will go head-to-head in the Belgian capital as part of the IAAF Diamond League series.

LONDON // Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, the three fastest 100 metres runners of all time, will go head-to-head at the Brussels Diamond League meeting on August 27, organisers and the IAAF say. The three swept last year's Berlin world championships 100m medals with Jamaican Bolt running a world record time of 9.58 seconds. The US record holder and world silver medallist Gay later in 2009 clocked 9.69secs to equal the second-fastest 100m ever and the Jamaican bronze medallist Powell, the former world record holder, has run 9.72secs.

The announcement confirmed the third of Bolt's seven contracted Diamond League appearances. He will also run at the New York and Paris meetings and has a rare 300m race in Ostrava, Czech Republic on his schedule where he will attempt to smash that record. The 300m record at 30.85secs, held by the US sprinter Michael Johnson, is an unrecognised distance by the IAAF. Bolt already boasts the fastest times at 100m, 150m and 200m.

* Reuters