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Bolt, Spearmon set for another 200m clash in Sheffield

14 July 2007
www.world-track.org

Jamaica’s World Junior record holder Usain Bolt is set to continue his rivalry with American World silver medallist Wallace Spearmon when the two come head-to-head again at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix meeting in Sheffield, UK, on Sunday.

The two youngsters have been involved in some entertaining half-lap races in the past two years and another exciting 200m clash is expected in the Don Valley Stadium.

Fresh from his national record and personal best of 19.75 from the Jamaica Championships in Kingston, last month, Bolt seemed to have found the race tactic he has been searching for to beat Spearmon in the closing 30m of his race.

Time-after-time Spearmon played his tricks and come from behind to overtake Bolt in the last 30m, but after his defeat at the Reebok Classic in New York, the Jamaican went home and worked on that weak area to beat Spearmon in Lausanne, though he was out-classed by Tyson Gay, who won the event in sparkling 19.78 in the chills.

Of the eleven sub-20 seconds timings produced this season, Spearmon and Bolt together are responsible for six, with each sprinter running three a piece.

Meanwhile, if the conditions are good and both athletes pushing each other the way they are capable of doing, then the UK All-Comers record of 19.84, set by Gay a year ago in Crystal Palace could very well be lowered at the end of the day.

Completing the strong list of contenders lining up in the event are home-boy Marlon Devonish, who has been in good form over the sprints this season, Jamaica’s 2001 World silver medallist Chris Williams, Olympic champion Shawn Crawford as well as his American team-mate Rodney Martin.

A fast race is also expected in the women’s race with, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell coming up again American and world champion Allyson Felix.

Making the race event more enticing is the inclusion of world 400m silver medallist Sanya Richards of USA who surprisingly will not be getting the chance to defend or even go one better in Osaka, after failing to make the American open 400m team during the trials last month.

American LaShauntea Moore (22.46) and Cayman Islands’ Cydonie Mothersill (22.52), two other sprinters who will be featuring in Osaka will line-up in the race also.

The meeting is another IAAF Grand Prix status event and acts as part of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2007.



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