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Bolt confirms for Anniversary Games ahead of Rio tilt

World and Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt will warm up for his defence of the 100 metres and 200m Olympic titles at the London Anniversary Games in July he confirmed on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old — who showed he was in sparkling form running 9.88sec the second fastest time this year over 100m in Kingston, Jamaica last weekend — will run the 200m on the first day of the two day event, Friday 22 July.

“The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before Rio and running in the 200m will hopefully set me up for a successful Olympic Games,” said Bolt, who is the world record holder in the event as he is also in the 100m.

“Great Britain has some very good young sprinters and I’m looking forward to running against them and returning to the Olympic Stadium,” added Bolt on the British Athletics website.

Bolt, who is thought to be set to lose one of his six Olympic golds the 4x100m relay won in Beijing in 2008 because of a failed dope test reportedly by team-mate Nesta Carter, will be running in the London Diamond League event for the eighth time.

Bolt, who has four world titles in the 200m and three in the 100m, first ran at the meeting aged just 18 and holds the meeting record for the 200m of 19.76sec set in 2008 when it was held at Crystal Palace.

The meeting will come just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which run from August 5 to 21.

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