News19 Mar 2013

Bolt to return to Rome - IAAF Diamond League


Usain Bolt at the 2012 Rome Samsung Diamond League meeting (© Giancarlo Colombo)

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the back-to-back Olympic champion in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, will compete for the third time in a row at Rome’s Golden Gala, the fifth leg of the 2013 IAAF Diamond League, on 6 June.

To date, Bolt has left two impressive marks on Rome’s Olympic Stadium track – first with his 9.91 in 2011, and then his superlative 9.76 last year to break the meeting record.

Bolt will once again contest the 100m at this year’s meeting, during a night that is expected to feature many of the world’s athletics stars, as is always the case at the Golden Gala.

“We are happy that Usain Bolt will be in Rome again,” said Alfio Giomi, president both of the Italian Athletics Federation and the organizing committee. “We are working hard, together with our partner, CONI Servizi, to be up to the tradition of Rome’s Golden Gala: a meeting rich in champions and in world-class challenges.

“From my point of view, I wish that the high international value of the Golden Gala may be reached this year with a strong contribution of the best Italian athletes.”

More than 50,000 spectators gathered last year at Rome’s Olympic Stadium for the 2012 edition of the Golden Gala.

Organisers for the IAAF

2013 IAAF Diamond League Calendar
Doha, QAT – 10 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
New York, USA – 25 May
Eugene, USA – 1 Jun
Rome, ITA – 6 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 13 Jun
Birmingham, GBR – 30 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 4 Jul
Paris, FRA – 6 Jul
Monaco, MON – 19 Jul
London, GBR – 26-27 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 22 Aug
Zürich, SUI – 29 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 6 Sep