12 MAY 2009 General News

Bolt Manchester date is still on

Usain Bolt of Jamaica on his way to winning the 100m (Getty Images)Usain Bolt of Jamaica on his way to winning the 100m (Getty Images) © Copyright

Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt's 150m appearance in Manchester this weekend is back on track, the Jamaican star's coach has confirmed.

The 100 and 200m World record holder's participation in the meet was in doubt after his involvement in a car accident on 29 April and a subsequent minor surgery to have some thorns removed from his foot.

Bolt resumed training last Friday and will be ready to run, his coach Glen Mills said.

“He will run in spikes for the first time (on Monday) but looks OK and will be fine for Manchester”, Mills said.

The 150m field at Sunday's Bupa Great City Games includes Britons Marlon Devonish and Simeon Williamson but the focus will clearly be on the 22-year-old Bolt, who rose to international stardom after taking the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals at last summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Bolt, a keen Manchester United fan, is looking forward to meeting the team in Manchester and will also be introduced to the crowd during halftime during a home game against Arsenal on Saturday. He will also attend the Manchester United Players Awards on Sunday night where he will present the ‘Fans Player of the Year’. 

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF