x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Usain Bolt to run at Paris Diamond League meeting

The Olympic champion will be paid more than Dh1m to run at this year's Diamond League meeting in Paris, organisers have revealed.

Usain Bolt celebrates with spectators after Jamaica's win in the men's 4x100m relay at the London 2012 Olympics.
Usain Bolt celebrates with spectators after Jamaica's win in the men's 4x100m relay at the London 2012 Olympics.

Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been signed up to run the 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris this summer.

Organisers of the event have spent adding that organisers had paid out $300,000 (Dh1.1m) to bring the Jamaican track king to the French capital in July.

"With Bolt, we know that we will easily fill the Stade de France." said Laurent Boquillet, head of the event.

Bolt, 26, won 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at last year's Olympics in London, repeating the feat that he first achieved in Beijing four years earlier and cementing his reputation as the greatest sprinter of all time.

Boquillet said the fee was standard for a runner of Bolt's calibre, pointing out that before his Olympic triple feat last year, he was available for $250,000 per meeting.

The Paris Diamond league meeting is the ninth on the main athletics circuit.

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