Usain Bolt, Liu Xiang to compete at Diamond League track meet next month in ShanghaiBy AP
Monday, April 12, 2010
Bolt, Liu to compete in Diamond League in Shanghai
SHANGHAI — Usain Bolt and Liu Xiang will compete at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai next month.
The Olympic gold medalists will race in the second stop of the 14-meet Diamond League circuit, following the opening event in Doha, Qatar.
Bolt won the 100 and 200 meters, and the 400 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world-record times. He’s also the reigning world champion in the 100 and 200.
Liu is coming back after recovering from a foot injury that forced his withdrawal from the Beijing Games, disappointing millions of Chinese fans hoping to see a repeat of his 2004 victory in Athens.
“I am very excited that so many world class athletes will come to China and my hometown Shanghai to participate in the IAAF Diamond League,” Liu said Monday in a statement.
The Diamond League circuit begins on May 14 in Doha, with the one-day event at the Shanghai Stadium on May 23.
Bolt will also run at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium, in August, and at the meet in Paris in July.
The Diamond League, which replaced the six-city Golden League, offers $6.63 million in total prize money across 32 track and field disciplines, each staged seven times over the series. A four carat diamond will be presented to the season-ending points leader in each event.
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