Bolt to run in New York Diamond League meeting

NEW YORK Tue Feb 2, 2010 10:22am EST

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the men's 200m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in this August 20, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the men's 200m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in this August 20, 2008 file photo.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Triple Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt will compete in the 100 meters at the New York Diamond League meeting on June 12, organizers announced on Tuesday.

The meeting, the fifth on the new Diamond League circuit, is the first race to be announced for Bolt in 2010.

Bolt, the world record holder at 100 and 200 meters and a member of Jamaica's world record 4x100 relay team, set his first 100 world mark in New York in 2008.

"The track is lightning fast and the fans, well, they sat through an entire thunderstorm in 2008 just to watch the 100 meters so I know they appreciate speed," Bolt said in a statement. "I am looking forward to returning to the Big Apple in June."

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris

(Editing by Ken Ferris)

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