Bolt to make international debut in May


KINGSTON, March 12 – Reigning Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt will make his international debut this season at the Jamaica International Invitational event on May 2.

USAIN_BOLTOrganizers announced at a news conference on Wednesday that Bolt has confirmed for the upcoming internationally sanctioned meeting.

Bolt, who won the 100 metres and 200 metres in world record times of 9.69 and 19.30 at the Beijing Olympics, will be joined by fellow Jamaicans and Beijing gold medalists –

Veronica Campbell-Brown, Melaine Walker and Shelly-Ann Fraser for the meet.

"We are very thankful and grateful to have those athletes," said Howard Aris, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA).

Bolt’s coach Glen Mills was unable to say what event Bolt will run. It would depend on the competition, he added.

"We want to make sure we have some kind of competition," Mills said.

Richard Thompson, Trinidad and Tobago’s 100m Olympic silver medal winner, is listed for the men’s 100m.

Meanwhile, American 100m hurdles Olympic champion Dawn Harper, along with fellow Americans Kerron Clement and Sanya Richards have also confirmed for the meet.