Changing China

Giant on the move

The race is on — Bolt confirms he’ll run 100 metres

August 2, 2008

Powell beats Bolt in Stockholm

The big race is on for Beijing, after Usain Bolt’s coach confirmed to Reuters that the Jamaican 100 metres world record holder would run both the 100 and 200 metres at the Beijing Olympics.

As my colleague Gene Cherry reports, neither the coach, Glen Mills, nor Bolt had previously confirmed the Jamaican would run the 100.

“He will run both,” Mills said in an e-mail on Saturday.

It means we can now look forward to Bolt taking on compatriot Asafa Powell and the American world champion Tyson Gay in what will be the biggest race of the Games for most people outside China.

PHOTO: Asafa Powell pulls ahead of Usain Bolt to win the men’s 100 meters in Stockholm, July 22, 2008. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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