Highly-placed source says sprint superstar will miss Gibson

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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OLYMPIC and World sprint champion, the mercurial Usain Bolt, will not run at the prestigious Gibson Relays at the National Stadium today, an impeccable Jamaica Observer source said.

Leading up to the meet, speculation had been rife over whether or not the world's fastest man would grace the track as part of the Racers Track Club relay team.

Also, meet organisers and Bolt's coach Glen Mills yesterday would not say if the superstar would make an appearance.

Ryan Peralto Jnr, a member of the organising committee, told the Observer that he could neither confirm nor deny Bolt's participation.

"Usain Bolt always speaks of his support for Gibson, but based on history, I don't have anything to predict this year," he said.

"Mr Mills spoke at our Howard Aris Memorial Lecture at GC Foster last night (Thursday) and then we got a request for some additional persons to run in a particular individual event... but they didn't quite want to say," Peralto added.

Meanwhile, queries to Mills revealed little. "Check the start list," was his terse response.

A check of the start list for the Club and Institutions 4x100m relay showed Racers Lions Track Club with a line-up of Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Warren Weir, Alodin Fothergill and Kenroy Anderson. However, the sixth spot was blank.

Racers will be challenged by MVP with Nesta Carter, Winston Barnes, Andrew Hinds, Dantago Gurirab and Omar Douglas.

The Michael Clarke-led Akan Track Club can be spoilers with the likes of Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee, Ramone McKenzie, Jason Livermore and Keneil Lee.

Meanwhile, an interesting battle should be in the women's 4x100m where a strengthened Racers with the inclusion of Kerron Stewart to partner Schillonie Calvert and Lesline Gilzine take on the much vaunted MVP with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carrie Russell and Anneisha McLaughlin.

Bolt, the world's greatest sprinter, did not perform at the Camperdown Classic two weeks ago and it was widely expected that he would be a part of the Racers Track Club relay teams.

— Howard Walker




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