Usain Bolt to run 100 meters at Golden Spike

Usain Bolt will run the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet in

Ostrava that is part of the new IAAF World Challenge series.

It will be the Olympic champion’s sixth time at the event, which

is scheduled for May 25.

”I am delighted to return to Ostrava,” Bolt said in a

statement Thursday. ”The Golden Spike meeting always has a full

house and the fans are so full of energy – every year they push me

to good performances. It is a good track and nice stadium where the

fans are close to the action.”

The Golden Spike will be his first meet of 2012 in Europe.

Bolt already has committed to running the 100 at a couple of

European meets this year. He will compete in Rome on May 31, and at

another Diamond League meet in Oslo on June 7 before returning to

Jamaica for the national trials ahead of the London Olympics.

Last year, Bolt won the 100 at the Golden Spike, finishing in

9.91 seconds.

Bolt swept the 100 and 200 at the 2008 Beijing Games and helped

Jamaica to gold in the 4×100 relay.

Bolt has said he also wants to run the 4×400 in London and

become the first male athlete since Carl Lewis at the 1984 Los

Angeles Games to win four gold medals in track and field at the


”Training has gone well over the winter and I am looking

forward to competing,” Bolt said.