PRAHA, Czech Republic – Sprint star Usain Bolt will return to Ostrava this year. The Jamaican confirmed his participation at 53rd Ostrava Golden Spike meeting which will be staged on June 17 (IAAF World Challenge). It will be his 7th appearance at the event since 2006.
The event for the 2014 edition will be decided later, possibly in March. “I am happy to come back to the Golden Spike meeting Ostrava on June 17. I have competed in Ostrava many times since I was a teenager. I always enjoy the meeting and the energy from the enthusiastic fans which creates a great atmosphere," said Bolt in a statement for the organisers.
"Ostrava is a fast track when the weather is good. I ran 9.77 in the 100m in 2009 and 19.83 for 200m in 2008. I look forward to good weather and good performances in 2014,“ he added.
Meanwhile, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also confirmed her appearance at the Ostrava meet, which will now present both current top names of the global sprinting scene.
The World Championships sprint double champion Fraser-Pryce will run the 200m.
"I’m really looking forward to competing in the 200m. I’m hoping for a warm summer evening to give the fans a fast time and something to cheer for,“ she said for the organisers.
The meet record is 22.07 set by legendary Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova in 1981.