Usain Bolt to race Ashton Eaton over 100 meters in Ostrava
Olympic and world champions Usain Bolt and Ashton Eaton will meet for a 100-meter clash at the Ostrava Golden Spikes Meeting on May 20, race organizers announced.
“I’m pleased to return to the Golden Spike meeting for the eighth time in my career,” Bolt said in the release. “It’s one of my favorite meets on the circuit. The organization is always great and the fans create a fantastic atmosphere. It will be my first European meeting of 2016.”
Bolt and Eaton were finalists for the 2015 IAAF Athlete of the Year award. Bolt won gold medals at 100 and 200 meters as well as the 4x100-meter relay at last year's IAAF World Championships. Days after the 100 meter final, Eaton broke his own world record in the decathlon.
In the matchup between the world's fastest man and the world's greatest athlete, Bolt obviously holds the advantage with the world record and personal best of 9.58 for the 100. Eaton ran his personal best of 10.21 while competing in the decathlon at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Bolt may open his season with a low-key meet in Jamaica before opening his international campaign at the Cayman Invitational on May 14. Eaton has already run 10.38 for the 100 this season.
- Chris Chavez