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Bolt, Spearmon to match strides in 100m at Jamaica Invitational

10 April 2008

By Gary Smith

World 200-metre silver and bronze medallists Usain Bolt of Jamaica and American Wallace Spearmon are set for an exciting match in the men’s 100m dash at the Jamaica International Invitational, an Area Permit Meet, scheduled for the National Stadium in Kingston, on May 3.

Both Spearmon and Bolt are specialists in the half-lap event, but boast impressive personal bests for the 100m, which makes the event more interesting for the global eyes.

According the latest update, Spearmon had a personal best of 9.96-seconds, achieved last year in Shanghai. His arch rival, Bolt, on the other hand, has yet to break the sub-10 seconds barrier, but after his last race in Spanish Town, which saw him easing down to equal his 10.03 personal best, dipping below the mark this season should not be difficult with the right challenge.

In their only clash in the event to date, Bolt got the better of his American challenger when he clocked 10.03 vs 10.20 (3rd place) to win at the 23rd Vardinoyiannia in Rethymno, Greece, last July.

Bolt, the current world-leader and Spearmon will match strides with St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins, a man that seems to run his best races when he off the radar. The surprise 2003 World champion recently shot down all critics to snatch a silver medal in the men’s 60m dash at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, last month — a performance that clearly states that he can be a factor anywhere in the world.

Also set to run the event are Churandy Martina of the Netherland Antilles who finished 5th in both the 100m and 200m races at the world championships in Osaka, last summer, and American Darvis Patton, who opened his season with a 10.23 run in Texas, on March 29. Patton also finished sixth in the race last year with a 10.23 clocking.

Last’s champion Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago and his fellow MVP Track Club teammates, which also include world record holder Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, the 2005 world silver medallist and Sherone Simpson, the fastest woman in both the 100m and 200m in 2006, will not race at the meeting this year.

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