to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely
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[July 21, 2014]
By Gene Cherry
RALEIGH North Carolina (Reuters) - Usain
Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100
meters on the beach, he said on his website on Sunday, but the Jamaican
world record holder is now unlikely to race against Justin Gatlin this
The six times Olympic gold medalist added the Aug 17 "Mano a
Mano" 100m on Copacabana Beach to three previously announced races
in what he said was his finalised schedule for 2014.
Bolt streaked to victory in a 150m race at the famous beach in March
2013 on a track specially built for the event.
He has delayed opening his season this year because of a foot injury
and will start with a 4x100 meters relay with his Jamaican team
mates at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Aug 1-2.
The eight-times world champion will also run 100m races in Warsaw,
Poland on Aug 23 and at the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Aug 28.
The schedule, unless amended, means Bolt and U.S. world silver
medalist Gatlin, who is undefeated this year, are unlikely to meet
Gatlin, who returned from a four-year doping ban in 2010, will not
receive an invitation to race against Bolt in Zurich because of the
Swiss meeting's "policy to not invite athletes that have been banned
for two years or more", meeting director Patrick Magyar told Reuters
While the 100 meters race in Zurich is not part of the Diamond
League series of events, the 200 meters race at the same meeting
Gatlin could therefore still race in the longer event, because it is
governed by Diamond League rules.
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"If Gatlin is, by the time of Zurich, in the top three of the
Diamond Race (for the 200), we will invite him for the 200m, which
is our Diamond Race event," Magyar said.
Gatlin, who has won 11 consecutive 100 meters and two races at 200m
this year, is currently tied for fourth in the Diamond League
standings for the 200m despite running the year's fastest time at
last week's Monaco meeting.
Fellow American Tyson Gay, who recently completed a one-year doping
ban, already is confirmed for the 200m, Magyar said.
(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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