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Bolt to race in Monaco in last pre-Olympics event

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MONACO, France, April 12 – Usain Bolt will return to Monaco to run the 200m at the Herculis Samsung Diamond League meeting on 20 July 2012.

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

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