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Focus on Bolt on Friday

LONDON ––Usain Bolt will be the focus of attention this Friday at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games London Diamond League meet inside the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic and world champion will face a solid test in the 100m, as he tries to work himself into shape following bothersome injury over the past few months.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Bolt, who will make his first 100m appearance in Europe this season after withdrawing from the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meets due to injury, is entered along with fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole, as well as Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut –– who ran a European record 9.86 earlier this season, Americans Ryan Bailey and Mike Rodgers as well as veteran Kim Collins and Brit Richard Kilty.

The men’s 100m will be contested in two heats, which start at 8:17 p.m. (3:17p.m. Barbados time) on Friday, with the final set for 9:29 p.m. (4:29pm) on the same evening.

Bolt has only competed in a single 100m race so far this season, running 10.13 in a -1.3 wind at a meet in Brazil in the middle of April.

As a result, many questions have been raised about his ability to defend his 100m and 200m world titles won at the previous installment in Moscow, Russia, with next month’s championships just around the corner.

However, according to reports, Bolt has been training well and is expected to give some good indications of his readiness at this Friday’s meet.

The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games London Diamond League will be staged over two days, culminating on Saturday at the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

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