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Post-Olympic sprint festival on tap in Zurich - Samsung Diamond League

Usain Bolt powers to a 9.76 meet record in Rome (Giancarlo Colombo)Usain Bolt powers to a 9.76 meet record in Rome (Giancarlo Colombo) © Copyright
Zürich, SwitzerlandThe fastest men in the world will meet for a post-Olympic showdown at the Weltklasse Zürich on 30 August, the penultimate stop on the 2012 Samsung Diamond League circuit.

Even before the Olympic Games in London are declared open, meeting promoters are announcing the names of the superstars who will join the cast of the sprint events.

Jamaica's double World record holder Usain Bolt, who confirmed his appearance in Zurich early on, and who will meet his strongest challengers in London, is leading the fields, which will also include his compatriot and 100m World champion Yohan Blake, U.S. record holder Tyson Gay, European 100m champion Christophe Lemaitre, as well as Dutchman Churandy Martina.

Both Blake and Bolt have yet to decide whether they will run the 100m or 200m. Gay has opted for the 100m, while Lemaitre and Martina will tackle the 200m.

"It is quite unusual that we could sign agreements with the fastest sprinters at such an early stage," Meeting Director Patrick K. Magyar explained. "This extraordinary line-up in the sprints allows us to live up to our reputation of staging Olympic Games in one night."

Organisers for the IAAF