Bolt, Hooker star in Diamond League meet

PARIS - Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and Australian pole vaulter Steven Hooker will headline the Lausanne meet of the IAAF Diamond League circuit on July 8, organisers said yesterday.

PARIS - Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and Australian pole vaulter Steven Hooker will headline the Lausanne meet of the IAAF Diamond League circuit on July 8, organisers said yesterday.

Bolt, the world and Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m and world record holder in both events with times of 9.58 and 19.19sec, will take part in the 200m at the Swiss venue.

The Jamaican won the race when he appeared at last year's Grand Prix event at Lausanne, clocking an impressive 19.59sec in pouring rain.

In the meeting, Australia's world and Olympic pole vault champion Hooker will compete against the two other Berlin medallists, Romain Mesnil and Renaud Lavillenie of France.

Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica, the Olympic and world 100m champion, will face world silver medallist Kerron Stewart in the women's dash.

In the men's javelin, Norway's 2009 world and double Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen will continue his duel with 2007 world champion Tero Pitkamaki of Finland.

The star-studded field also includes Cuba's Dayron Robles, the Olympic champion and world record holder in the 110m hurdles, as well as South Africa's world 800m champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, and Maryam Jamal of Bahrain, the double world 1500m champion.

The Lausanne meet is the seventh of the 14-leg Diamond League, launched by the IAAF this season to replace the Golden League series of six meetings in a bid to enhance the worldwide appeal of athletics by going outside Europe for the first time. - Sapa-AFP

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