Bolt now strikes at 300m record

PRAGUE - Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt will compete in the rarely contested 300m race at the traditional Czech Golden Spike meet in May.

PRAGUE - Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt will compete in the rarely contested 300m race at the traditional Czech Golden Spike meet in May.

Organisers said yesterday that Bolt, who holds the world 100m and 200m records, will attempt to break the world mark in the distance on May 27 in Ostrava. Michael Johnson holds the current mark of 30.85 seconds. The IAAF does not recognise it as a world record as the distance is not used at major events. Bolt will reportedly earn more than $300000 (R2,2 million) for taking part. Organisers say he will receive another $30000 if he sets a world best.

Bolt will race for the fourth time at the meet, which is part of the new IAAF World Challenge series. Last year he won the 100m in 9.77 seconds. - Sapa-AP

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