Bolt and Gay set for series of epic clashes next year

RALEIGH, North Carolina - Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay, the world's two fastest men ever over 100m, will race in New York, London and Brussels next year, athletics sources have said.

RALEIGH, North Carolina - Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay, the world's two fastest men ever over 100m, will race in New York, London and Brussels next year, athletics sources have said.

The sources said former world record holder Asafa Powell would take part in the European races and could join the pair in New York.

New York's meeting is set for June 12, London's is scheduled for August 13 and 14 while Brussels concludes the new Diamond League's 14-meeting season on August 27.

Neither the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the athletes' representatives nor race organisers have confirmed their Diamond League schedules, but Gay said at the weekend: "I will be racing Bolt at least three times."

Bolt, Powell and Gay swept the three world championship 100m medals in Berlin in August.

All three are under contract to the Diamond League to appear in seven races on the circuit, which will replace the six-meeting, European-based Golden League.

Each of the 14 Diamond League meetings is guaranteed to feature at least one of the three sprinters with several having two and a select few all three.

Bolt and Gay are likely to include both 100m and 200m races in their seven-competition schedules with Powell running the shorter distance exclusively.

"Everyone in the entire world wants to see the three of us together a lot more so it's going to happen," Powell said.

Bolt said: "It's going to be awesome, so people look out."

Circuit organisers are not likely to begin announcing athletes' schedules until late this year or early next year, IAAF spokesperson Nick Davies said.

"We are still working on Usain's schedule," his agent Ricky Simms said. "I can confirm he will run in seven races."

Gay's schedule depends on the American record holder's recovery from recent groin surgery, manager Mark Wetmore said.

"We are really not in a position to make final confirmation about his meets until after the first of the year," Wetmore said.

"He is very interested in running the two US meets." - Reuters

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