The Reuters global sports blog
When will the Diamond League have its first sprint showdown?
That’s a frequent question from athletics followers whose appetites have been whetted by the fast early times of Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt.
We know, according to a Diamond League announcement, all three are scheduled to run a 100 metres in the August 27 Brussels meeting, but you can bet your ever-shrinking euro that Bolt and Gay will race in the same stadium before then.
After all, more head-to-head clashes is one of the promises of the new 14-meeting circuit.
Also, Gay has told us he is scheduled to meet Bolt three times at 100 metres this season.
The amount of money athletes earn from the 14-meeting global series, and how it compares to last season, also will be scrutinized.
Except for a training run, new American distance find Chris Solinsky might not have become the first North American runner to break 27 minutes in the 10,000 metres.
“We were planning to run a steeple (3,000 metres steeplechase) actually … until after one of my tempo-runs when Jerry (Coach Jerry Schumacher) decided that we’d switch it to the 10,000,” Solinsky told a conference call.