NEW YORK — Usain Bolt will compete in New York City for the first time since 2008 when he returns to the adidas Grand Prix on June 13, organizers announced on 25 March.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Bolt, who set his first World Record in winning the 100 meters in 9.72 seconds at Icahn Stadium on May 31, 2008. His 100-meter World Record now stands at 9.58 seconds, while his 200-meter mark is 19.19. Bolt has competed in the United States only once since that night, when he anchored a Jamaican 4×100-meter team at the 2010 Penn Relays.
Since that electric night at Icahn Stadium seven years ago, the 28-year-old Jamaican has won six Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships titles, broken seven more world records, and become one of the most famous people on the planet.
“No one could ever forget their first World Record, and I will never forget the crowd in New York that night,” said Bolt. “They had to wait for an hour during a thunderstorm delay before our race, and I don’t think a single person left the stadium. They deserved a great performance, and I’m glad I was able to give it to them. I’m looking forward to running in New York again.”