Athletics: Samsung Diamond League: Lausanne
Thursday August 23
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
BBC Three 7pm
Being a legend doesn’t mean you can just sit on your legendary backside, as Usain Bolt (pictured) is about to find out.
The Jamaican 100m and 200m Olympic champ is set to run in the Lausanne Diamond League event next Thursday, proclaiming a special affection for the Stade de la Pontaise and “one of the best curves I have ever seen”.
Sadly for the three Swedish handball ladies with whom he was recently pictured in particular, Bolt is talking about the splendid bends of the track rather than anything he laid his eyes on in Stratford. So it’s no surprise that he’s since decided upon the 200m for his debut outing as a double, triple-Olympic champion – or, in short, as a legend. He has, however, eschewed the opportunity to compete on the boring old straight of the 100m.
His closest rival and compatriot, Yohan ’The Beast’ Blake, is also set to compete in Lausanne, although at time of writing has not yet laid his marker down on either sprint distance. With Bolt likely to have spent much of the past week DJing and searching for the future Mrs Bolt, Blake might fancy his chances against his golden nemesis.
Or he might take the easy option and run the 100m. With American duo Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin also confirmed for Lausanne, however, it’s unlikely to be a summer stroll for Blake.
Elsewhere, Olympic champs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (100m), Sally Pearson (100m hurdles), Kirani James (400m) and the mostly drunk Russian Ivan Ukhov (high jump) are also competing. It’s like the Olympics all over again. We wish.