The series of 14 meetings spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA which compose the 2012 Samsung Diamond League season gets underway in just under a month’s time in Doha, Qatar on 11 May.
After last year’s success in the Principality over 100m (9.88 sec; 22 July 2011), Bolt is eager to return to Monaco for what will be his last race before the Jamaican superstar competes to defend his sprint titles at the London Olympic Games.
The reigning 100m and 200m Olympic champion and World record holder is scheduled to line-up in his favourite event at the Herculis meeting.
Last year, following his now famous false start in the 100m, Bolt defended his World Championships title at 200m in an amazing time of 19.40 and later added another gold and World record in the 4x100m relay.
Could the Herculis meeting record of 19.72 set by Tyson Gay in 2010 be in danger from the 25-year-old Jamaican who has recorded nine sub 19.70 secs times for the 200m in his career topped by his World record of 19.19 (20 Aug 2009)?
“Monaco will be my last race before the Olympics and I am looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans. It is going to be my second time racing in Monaco. I love the city and the weather is always good.”
Thursday’s announcement of Bolt’s participation in Monaco follows earlier confirmations that he will also run in the Oslo and Rome meetings of the 2012 Samsung Diamond League.
Samsung Diamond League – 2012 Calendar
Doha, QAT – 11 May
Shanghai, CHN – 19 May
Rome, ITA – 31 May
Eugene, USA – 2 June
Oslo, NOR – 7 June
New York, USA – 9 June
Paris, FRA – 6 July
London, GBR – 13 / 14 July
Monaco, MON – 20 July
Stockholm, SWE – 17 August
Lausanne, SUI – 23 August
Birmingham, GBR – 26 August
Zurich, SUI – 30 August
Brussels, BEL – 7 September