Bolt to compete again at Czech Golden Spike meet

Updated: March 9, 2011, 7:08 AM ET
Associated Press

PRAGUE -- Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will run in Ostrava again at the Golden Spike meet.

The 50th edition of the meet in the eastern Czech city is scheduled for May 31 and Bolt will race for the fifth time at the meet, which is part of the new IAAF World Challenge series.

"The meet usually has a lot of energy and this helps me run fast," Bolt said Wednesday in a statement.

It is still not clear in which event Bolt will run, but organizers say they are ready for all three possible options -- the 100, 200 and the rarely contested 300 meters.

"My coach will decide closer to the competition," Bolt said.

Bolt, who holds the world record at 100 and 200, won the 300 at the Golden Spike last year in 30.97 seconds but rainy conditions prevented him from challenging the world mark of 30.85 set by Michael Johnson in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2000.

The IAAF does not recognize it as a world record because the distance is not used at major events.

Bolt is committed to several European meets this summer, including events in Rome, Oslo, Monaco and Paris, before defending his 100 and 200 world titles in Daegu, South Korea, in August.

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