Usain Bolt, the Jamaican track phenom who began his assault on world sprint records at Randalls Island two years ago, will headline the same Grand Prix event on June 12, organizers announced Tuesday.
The reigning Olympic and world championships gold medalist in three events - the 100 and 200 meters and 4 x 100 relay - Bolt, now 23, again will run the 100 at Icahn Stadium, his first race on U.S. soil since he stunned the sport with his then-record 9.72 seconds on May 31, 2008.
Bolt - naturally, he is known as "Lightning" Bolt - subsequently lowered the world 100 mark to 9.58 and also owns the world record in the 200 (19.19) and the sprint relay (37.10) as a member of the Jamaican national team. He won all three events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2009 Berlin World Championships.
The Randalls Island meet has been a magnet for the Jamaican community since its inception in 2005 with the debut of Icahn Stadium, itself a veritable fleet street for top sprinters. American Tyson Gay, who had been the world champion at both 100 and 200 meters before Bolt's emergence, ran a wind-aided 9.68 at Icahn in 2007 - when the world record was 9.77 - and, in Bolt's absence last year, won the Randalls Island 200 in 19.58, making Gay the third-fastest 200 man in history.
"New York was the site of my first world record," Bolt said in a statement released by meet officials. "The track is lightning fast and the fans, well, they sat through an entire thunderstorm in 2008 just to watch the 100 meters, so I know they appreciate speed. I am looking forward to returning to the Big Apple in June."
The Randalls Island meet will be the fifth stop on a new "diamond league" circuit staged by the IAAF, the sport's international governing body. For more information, visit www.adidasgrandprix.com or call 877-TIX-TRAC.