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Inside Track: Waiting for the first sprint showdown


ATHLETICS-WORLD/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.

Inside Track: Who gets the Diamond League dollars?


ATHLETICS-GOLDEN/Times and distances won’t be the only figures athletes and their managers will be checking on the new Diamond League circuit which began on Friday in Doha.

The amount of money athletes earn from the 14-meeting global series, and how it compares to last season, also will be scrutinized.

Inside Track: Solinsky’s record-breaking debut


ATHLETICS-WORLD/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.