Posted: Wednesday April 17, 2013 9:06 AM

Bolt back in London for Diamond League event

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LONDON (AP) - Usain Bolt will headline the Diamond League meeting at London's Olympic Stadium in July, returning to the scene of his clean sweep of sprint gold medals at the 2012 Games.

The Jamaican sprinter will compete in the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay at the two-day meeting on July 26-27, which marks the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to the U.K., especially with it being a year since winning three gold medals in the Olympic Stadium,'' Bolt said.

It will be his final major meeting before the world championship in Moscow starting on Aug. 10.

Besides the Olympics, Bolt hasn't run in London since 2009. That's partly because of Britain's tax laws, which force foreign competitors to give up a share of their prize money and endorsements. Athletes will be given tax exemptions for the meet.

Bolt is one of 12 gold medalists from the London Games to confirm their attendance, with others including 100 hurdles champion Sally Pearson of Australia and 110 hurdles winner Aries Merritt of the United States.

American Sanya Richards-Ross (women's 400), Mo Farah (men's 5,000 and 10,000) and Kirani James (men's 400) are other Olympic champs set to return.

The London meet is the 11th of 14 events in the Diamond League schedule, which begins in Doha on May 10.

 
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