Usain Bolt training at Rome's Olympic Stadium (GMT/FIDAL) © Copyright
The spotlight event with be the return of Usain Bolt to Rome's Olympic Stadium. The Jamaican sprinter, the World record holder at 9.58, made a seasonal debut in Kingston earlier this month where he clocked 9.82. More recently he won his race in Ostrava on Friday before moving on to the Italian capital where's he'll face compatriot Asafa Powell, European champion Christophe Lemaitre of France, and former World champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Bolt has broken seven World records: three in the 100m, two in the 200m and two with the 4x100m Relay. He won three Olympic gold medals in Beijing and has collected five World titles at the World championships in 2009 and 2011, and two World silver medals in 2007.
Powell is a four-time World record holder before the beginning of the Bolt era, with a career best of 9.72 from Lausanne in 2008. Powell has won Olympic and World gold medal in the 4x100n Relay, and a silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships.
Frenchman Lemaitre has dominated the sprints in Europe in recent years: he won three gold medals in Barcelona 2010 plus 200m bronze medal and 4x100m Relay silver at last year's World Championships in Daegu.
The 36-year-old Collins won he World title in 2003, a historic first for his country, and backed it up two years later with bronze in 2005. He returned from a partial retirement last year and collected two more World medals, bronze in both the 100m and 4x100m Relay. How popular is he at home? A motorway has been named after him.
The meeting record is a difficult one: 9.77 set by Tyson Gay in 2009.
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The Entry lists can be viewed and downloaded via the meeting's official website here.