August 11, 2011 11:17
Jamaica's Usain Bolt will touch down in Daegu on Tuesday to compete in the 2011 IAAF World Championships. Bolt, who has lived by his billing as "the fastest man on earth" since he sped like a cannonball through the 100m final at the Beijing Olympics three years ago, is the biggest name among a firmament of track stars heading to Korea.
The organizing committee of the latest edition of the biennial worlds, which will run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4, said on Wednesday that his arrival at 8 p.m. had been confirmed by the Jamaican athletics association. "They also notified us that 10 other athletes from the country's advance team [will join him]," organizers said.
The 25-year-old world record holder in the men’s 100m and 200m will stay at the Daegu Grand Hotel and begin training in Gyeongsan Athletics Stadium on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Australian advance team was the first to turn up in the southeastern city. They moved into the athletes’ village on Wednesday. The U.S., Canadian, and British teams will arrive on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively, followed by Germany on Aug. 18.
Training camps for athletes have already been set up in seven stadiums across the nation. Of these, the U.S. team will use Daegu Civic Stadium, while the Brits will be based in Ulsan, about an hour and a half drive from the competition venue.
The Korean team, which had an official launching ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday, will enter the athletes’ village from Monday. A total of 60 Korean athletes will compete this year in 34 of the 47 disciplines.
The delegation is tasked with getting 10 athletes to 10 different finals. Getting a podium finish or two would be even better, but it is not inconceivable that the host nation could end up being shut out of the medals due to the stiff competition.
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