World's Fastest Man to Race in Korea Next Month

      August 31, 2009 09:31

      Usain Bolt looks at the score board after passing the finish line in the 100 meters at the Berlin IAAF World Championships in Athletics. /Yonhap

      World champion sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica will bring his fleet feet to Korea, racing in the 100 meters at the Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting on Sept. 25.

      Moon Dong-hoo, vice president of the organizing committee for the 2011 Daegu IAAF World Championships in Athletics, said Bolt confirmed that he will race in Daegu and the details are now being worked out.

      After winning the 100 meters gold medal in Beijing last year in 9.96 seconds, Bolt won the world championships in Berlin this month with a time of 9.58 seconds, shattering his own world record by 0.11. He also grabbed gold in the 200 meters and in the 400-meter relay at both the Beijing Olympics and the Berlin event.

      The Jamaican champ will head to Daegu after running in Shanghai on Sept. 20. The Daegu organizing committee did not disclose his payment, but foreign media say that Bolt is likely to get a half million dollars for the race.

      The Daegu Meeting, a night match which will start at 6 p.m., will be attended by 200 athletes from 30 nations competing in 16 track and field events.

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